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Avril Lavigne Takes Lead as The 2005 JUNO Award Nominees Are Announced

The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) and CTV today announced the nominations for the 39 categories of the 34th annual JUNO Awards, Canada’s Music Awards. Among the nominees are the key players in Canada’s music industry including artists, producers and music industry professionals.

“The list of nominees really demonstrates the strength and diversity of the Canadian music industry,” said CARAS President Melanie Berry. “The JUNO Awards are proud to showcase the successes of so many talented Canadian artists.”

Topping the nominations with five nods is singer/songwriter Avril Lavigne. On the heels of her successful debut CD Let Go, which sold 14 million copies, Lavigne’s second album release Under My Skin garnered her a nomination each for Album of the Year, Artist of the Year, Songwriter of the Year (“Don’t Tell Me”, “My Happy Ending” and “Nobody’s Home”) and Pop Album of the Year. In addition, Lavigne is also nominated for Juno Fan Choice Award, which is voted by the fans. Canada’s Queen of jazz Diana Krall earned the second most nominations with a total of four. Krall is nominated for: Juno Fan Choice Award, Album of the Year, Artist of the Year, and Vocal Jazz Album of the Year (“The Girl In The Other Room”).

Tied at three nominations each are Billy Talent, Celine Dion, Feist, k-os, Simple Plan, Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and Shania Twain. Nominations for Toronto four-piece group Billy Talent include: Single of the Year (“River Below”), Album of the Year (“Billy Talent”), and Group of the Year. Montreal-born Celine Dion is nominated for Album of the Year and Pop Album of the Year (“Miracle”), and Artist of the Year. Calgary-born Feist is nominated for New Artist of the Year, Alternative Album of the Year (“Let It Die”) and Video of the Year (“One Evening”). Toronto-born emcee/vocalist k-os is nominated for Single of the Year (“Crabbuckit”), Rap Recording of the Year (“Joyful Rebellion”) and Video of the Year (B-Boy Stance). Nominations for Montreal-based rock band Simple Plan include: Group of the Year, Album of the Year and Pop Album of the Year(“Still Not Getting Any”). Canada’s internationally recognized Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra took a nomination for Classical Album of the Year: Large Ensemble or Soloist(s) with Large Ensemble Accompaniment (“Dardandus/Le temple de la gloire: Music of Jean-Phillippe Rameau”), and two nominations for Classical Album of the Year: Vocal or Choral Performance (“Cleopatra”, “Italian Oratorios”). The 2003 JUNO Awards host Shania Twain took nominations for Juno Fan Choice Award, Single of the Year and Country Recording of the Year (“Party For Two”).

The list of artists receiving two nominations each includes: Bryan Adams, Keshia Chanté, Fefe Dobson, James Ehnes, Great Big Sea, Marc Jordan, Matt Mays, Bob Rock, Ron Sexsmith, Sum 41, Marie-Élaine Thibert, Thornley and The Tragically Hip.

A complete list of 2005 JUNO Award nominees, including bios and images, can be found online at
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