Direct from Las Vegas: Dion leads Juno noms
Lavigne, Feist, Buble tied for 2ndQuebec pop diva Celine Dion earned six Juno nominations Tuesday as the contenders for the Canadian music awards were announced.
Dion grabbed two nominations in the best album category, for "Taking Chances" and her French-language album "D'elles," along with nominations for best artist, pop album, Francophone album and the Fan Choice Award.
Dion last appeared at the Junos in 1999, when she took home five trophies and announced she was taking time off to start a family. Now she's back after a successful Las Vegas stint, challenging fellow Canadian artists Avril Lavigne, Feist and Michael Buble, each of whom earned five nominations.
Lavigne, Feist, Buble and Quebec City singer-songwriter Pascale Picard will shoot it out with Dion for best artist honors, while Lavigne, Dion, Feist and Buble are in a four-way fight for best album.
Lavigne also is up for the Juno Fan Choice Award, best single ("Girlfriend") and best songwriter.
Canadian artist Feist, who also garnered four Grammy nominations, comes into the Junos riding the success of the hit single "1234" from her album "The Reminder."
Other multiple Juno nominees include rock groups Finger Eleven, the Arcade Fire and Blue Rodeo, with three nominations each.
Dion has not yet signed up to perform at the Junos. Artists scheduled to perform on the main stage include Anne Murray, Lavigne, Buble, Feist, Finger Eleven and Measha Brueggergosman.
The Junos, organized by the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, will be broadcast live April 6 on the CTV network from Calgary, Alberta.
A complete list of Juno nominees can be found at THR.com.