Junos noms to Talent, k-os, Furtado


TORONTO -- Canadian recording artists Billy Talent, k-os and Nelly Furtado on Tuesday led the field with five nominations each for the Junos, Canada's music awards.

Furtado, who will host the Junos on April 1 from Saskatoon, was nominated for best single and best album and in the Fan Choice Award category, where she will compete against fellow Canadian artists Gregory Charles, Michael Buble, Nickelback and Sarah McLachlan.

Canadian rock band Billy Talent also earned a best single nomination for "Devil in a Midnight Mass" from their sophomore album Billy Talent II, as well as best album, best group and best rock album.

Hip-hop artist k-os also earned a best single nomination for "Sunday Morning," from his latest album "Atlantis: Hymns for Disco." k-os also will compete in the best single, best songwriter and best pop album competition.

The nominations were announced in Toronto by the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS), organizers of the 2007 Juno Awards.

With such veteran Canadian divas as Celine Dion, Shania Twain, Avril Lavigne and Alanis Morissette sitting out this year's Junos competition, the way is open for emerging artists to grab the spotlight in Saskatoon.

The best new artist field includes two "Canadian Idol" winners -- Eva Avila and Melissa O'Neil -- while the best new group category features Evans Blue, Idle Sons, Jets Overhead, Mobile and Stabilo.

Competing in the best international album competition, based on retail record sales in Canada, is Dixie Chicks, Il Divo, Justin Timberlake, Madonna and Red Hot Chili Peppers.

The Junos will be handed out during a live telecast on the CTV network.

A complete list of 2007 Juno award nominees follows:

1. Juno Fan Choice Award: Gregory Charles, Michael Buble, Nelly Furtado, Nickelback, Sarah McLachlan

2. Single of the Year: "Devil In A Midnight Mass," Billy Talent; " All I Can Do," Chantal Kreviazuk; "Pull Me Through," Jim Cuddy; "Sunday Morning," k-os, "Promiscuous," Nelly Furtado

3. International Album of the Year: "Taking The Long Way," Dixie Chicks; "Ancora," Il Divo; "FutureSex/LoveSounds," Justin Timberlake; "Confessions On A Dance Floor," Madonna; "Arcadium," Red Hot Chili Peppers.

4. Album of the Year: "Billy Talent II," Billy Talent; "I Think of You," Gregory Charles; "Hedley," Hedley; "Loose," Nelly Furtado; "One-X," Three Days Grace.

5. Artist of the Year: Diana Krall, Gregory Charles, Loreena McKennitt, Nelly Furtado, Pierre Lapointe.

6. Group of the Year: Alexisonfire, Billy Talent, Hedley, The Tragically Hip, Three Days Grace

7. New Artist of the Year: Eva Avila, Melissa O'Neil, Neverending White Lights, Patrick Watson, Tomi Swick

8. New Group of the Year: Evans Blue, Idle Sons, Jets Overhead, Mobile, Stabilo.

9. Songwriter of the Year: Gordie Sampson, k-os, Nickelback, Ron Sexsmith, Sarah Harmer

10. Country Recording of the Year: "Big Wheel," Aaron Pritchett; "Love & Negotiation," Carolyn Dawn Johnson; "Doc Walker," Doc Walker; "Countrified," Emerson Drive; "Somebody Wrote Love," George Canyon

11. Rap Recording of the Year: "The Frenzy of Renown," Arabesque; "Hitch Hikin' Music," Classified; "Organic Music for a Digital World," DL Incognito; "The Answer, Rich London; "Black Magic," Swollen Members

12. Adult Alternative Album of the Year: "The Light That Guides You Home," Jim Cuddy; "When the Angels Make Contact," Matt Mays; "Living With War," Neil Young; "Time Being," Ron Sexsmith; "I'm a Mountain," Sarah Harmer

13. Alternative Album of the Year: "Skelliconnection," Chad VanGaalen; "Sometimes," City and Colour; "Return To The Sea," Islands; "Trompe-l'Oeil Malajube," Dare To Care*Outside; "Not Saying/Just Saying," Shout Out Out Out Out

14. Pop Album of the Year: "Ghost Stories," Chantal Kreviazuk; "Atlantis: Hymns For Disco," k-os; "Loose," Nelly Furtado; "Wintersong," Sarah McLachlan; "Stalled Out In The Doorway," Tomi Swick

15. Rock Album of the Year: "Billy Talent II," Billy Talent; "Tomorrow Starts Today," Mobile; "Chemical City," Sam Roberts; "Never Hear The End Of It," Sloan; "World Container," The Tragically Hip.

16. Vocal Jazz Album of the Year: "From This Moment On," Diana Krall; "Start to Move," Elizabeth Shepherd; "Fight or Flight?" Kellylee Evans; "Calling for Rain," Lori Cullen; "Messin' Around," Molly Johnson

17. Contemporary Jazz Album of the Year: "From the Heart," Hilario Duran and His Latin Jazz Big Band; "Hugmars," Hugh Marsh; "At Sea," Ingrid Jensen; "Obsession," Kent Sangster; "Moment in Time," Richard Underhill

18. Traditional Jazz Album of the Year: "ZHEN: The David Braid Sextet Live, Volume II," David Braid; "Movin' & Groovin'," Jake Langley; "Avenue Standard,"Jon Ballantyne; "Mnemosyne's March," Mike Murley/David Braid Quartet; "Other Stories," William Carn

19. Instrumental Album of the Year: "Recording a Tape the Colour of Light," Bell Orchestre; "...and another thing...," Jo?l Fafard; "Cafe Tropical," Johannes Linstead; "Yours Truly," Natalie MacMaster; "Run Neil Run," Sisters Euclid

20. Francophone Album of the Year: "Il etait une fois dans l'est," Antoine Gratton; "Le coeur dans la tete," Ariane Moffatt; "Trompe-l'Oeil," Malajube; "La forest des mal-aimes," Pierre Lapointe; "Compter les corpes," Vulgaires Machins

21. Children's Album of the Year: "Dinosaurs, Dragons and Me," Donna & Andy; "My Beautiful World," Jack Grunsky; "Join The Band," Ken Whiteley; "Snooze Music," Rick Scott; "Murmel Murmel Munsch!" Robert Munsch

22. Classical Album of the Year: Solo or Chamber Ensemble: "On the Threshold of Hope: Chamber Music by Mieczyslaw Weinberg," Artists of the Royal Conservatory; "Mozart the Mason," Jonathan Crow, Douglas McNabney, Matt Haimovitz; "Piazzolla," Les Violons du Roy/Jean-Marie Zeitouni; "Shostakovich: String Quartets 3, 7 & 8," St. Lawrence String Quartet; "Mozart: Complete Piano Trios," The Gryphon Trio

23. Classical Album of the Year: Large ensemble or Soloist(s) with Large Ensemble Accompaniment: "Rhapsodies," Orchestre symphonique de Montreal/Alain Lefevre; "Shostakovich's Circle," I Musici de Montreal; "Mozart: Violin Concerti," James Ehnes, Mozart Anniversary Orchestra; "Mozart: Piano Concerti," Jon Kimura Parker, James Parker, Ian Parker; "Saint-Saens: Symphony no. 3," Philippe Belanger, Orchestre Metropolitain du Grand Montreal/Yannick Nezet-Seguin

24. Classical Album of the Year: Vocal or Choral Performance: "Adrianne Pieczonka Sings Wagner and Strauss," Adrianne Pieczonka; "Wagner: Arias," Ben Heppner; "Mozart: Arie e Duetti," Isabel Bayrakdarian, Michael Schade, Russell Braun; "Purcell," Karina Gauvin; Les Boreades/Francis Colpron; "Extase," Measha Brueggergosman

25. Classical Composition of the Year: "Clere Venus," Denis Gougeon; "A Midwinter Night's Dream," Harry Somers; "Of Memory and Desire," Harry Somers; "Tumbling Strain," Neil Currie; "Varley Suite for Solo Violin," Stephen Chatman

26. Dance Recording of the Year: "Airbreak," Danny D; "The Remix Album," DJ Champion; "(Maybe You'll Get) Lucky," Sound Bluntz; "Lift Off," Taras; "Sexor," Tiga

27. R&B/Soul Recording of the Year: "Life Less Ordinary," Deesha; "Believe," George; "mySOUL," jacksoul; "Face Behind the Face," Karl Wolf; "Been Gone," Keshia Chante

28. Reggae Recording of the Year: "Hard to See," Humble; "Xrated," Korexion; "Kulcha Connection," Kulcha Connection; "Survival," Kwesi Selassie; "In the Streets," Trinity Chris feat. Blessed

29. Aboriginal Recording of the Year: "Seeds," Digging Roots; "Burn," Jason Burnstick; "Sedze," Leela Gilday; "Stay Red," Northern Cree; "Blood Red Earth," Susan Aglukark

30. Roots & Traditional Album of the Year: Solo: "Milly's Cafe," Fred J. Eaglesmith; "When We Get There," Lennie Gallant; "An Ancient Muse," Loreena McKennitt; "Yellowjacket," Stephen Fearing; "We Belong to the Gold Coast," Steve Dawson

31. Roots & Traditional Album of the Year, Group: "Let's Frolic," Blackie and the Rodeo Kings; "Hello Love," The Be Good Tanyas; "Migrations," The Duhks; "Bloom," The McDades; "Firecracker," The Wailin' Jennys

32. Blues Album of the Year: "Colin James & The Little Big Band 3," Colin James; "Easin' Back to Tennessee," Colin Linden; "Acoustic," David Gogo; "House of Refuge," Jim Byrnes; "The Way It Feels," Roxanne Potvin

33. Contemporary Christian/Gospel Album of the Year: "Pollyanna's Attic," Carolyn Arends; "Wide-Eyed And Mystified," Downhere; "Smile, It's The End Of The World," Hawk Nelson; "Glory," Manafest; "Beauty in the Broken," Starfield