Ex-Canadian Idol contestants grab nominations



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Yesterday’s Juno nominations were led by Toronto rockers Billy Talent, B.C.’s Nelly Furtado — who will also host the April 1 event — and Toronto hip-hop artist k-os.

Hip-shaking songstress Nelly Furtado will not only be hosting this year’s Juno Awards — she’ll also have a shot at winning five trophies.

Furtado, the British Columbia-raised singer who has had a remarkable career resurgence this year with her chart-topping album Loose, led the list of nominees announced yesterday along with rockers Billy Talent and hip-hop star k-os, who also received five nods apiece.

Triple nominees include Sarah Harmer, Quebec recording star Gregory Charles, francophone band Malajube, and Hedley — the hard-driving outfit fronted by former Canadian Idol contestant Jacob Hoggard.

Hoggard was not the only Idol alum nominated yesterday. Eva Avila, who won last year’s edition of the televised singing contest, and 2005 winner Melissa O’Neil are both up for new artist of the year.

Alberta rockers Nickelback received a nod for the fan choice award.

The 2007 Juno Awards will be staged April 1 at Saskatoon’s Credit Union Centre and broadcast live on CTV.

In recent years, the awards have been held in various locations across Canada, including Ottawa, Edmonton, Winnipeg and — last year — Halifax. The strategy to take the show on the road has been a resounding success, generating fan buzz in the host cities.

This year that trend will no doubt continue with Furtado as host. In Saskatoon, Promiscuous — her smash hit featuring Timbaland — will vie for single of the year. Furtado is also up for album of the year, artist of the year, pop album of the year and for a fan’s choice award.

K-os is also no stranger to the Junos, with nine previous nominations and a handful of trophies. This time around he got nods for single of the year, songwriter of the year, pop album of the year and video of the year. He’s also nominated for a producing award.

Billy Talent, meanwhile, has three previous Juno wins. The Toronto-based band is nominated for single of the year for Devil in a Midnight Mass, album of the year, group of the year, rock album of the year and video of the year.

The nominees are selected based on a combination of sales and votes from members of the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences.

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Some of the key categories in the 2007 Juno nominations announced yesterday:

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

  • Group of the Year: Alexisonfire; Billy Talent; Hedley; the Tragically Hip; Three Days Grace.

  • 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.

  • International Album of the Year: Taking the Long Way, Dixie Chicks; Ancora, Il Divo; FutureSex/LoveSounds, Justin Timberlake; Confessions on a Dance Floor, Madonna; Stadium Arcadium, Red Hot Chili Peppers.

A full list of nominees can be found at junoawards.ca.