Nickelback is feeling the Juno love.

The rockers, led by Surrey resident Chad Kroeger, are on top with nominations for five Juno Awards, including the Juno Fan Choice Award, single of the year for Gotta Be Somebody and album of the year for Dark Horse.

Burnaby rockers Hedley received three nominations: Juno Fan Choice, album of the year for Famous Last Words and songwriter of the year.

The nominees for Canada’s highest prize in music were announced at a news conference at the Royal York Hotel in Toronto yesterday morning. The winners will be announced at the 2009 Juno Awards, set to take place on March 29 at GM Place in Vancouver.

The event will again be hosted by comedian Russell Peters.

“It’s Vancouver. What can I say?” Peters said. “That’s the city it’s going to be in and Vancouver’s one of those cities where you can pretty much have a good time without the Juno Awards. You add Junos into that, and the whores will be flying.”

Peters committed a major gaffe when he included Vancouver singer-songwriter Sarah McLachlan in a joke.

“She’s married to a brown guy!” the South-Asian Canadian comedian said.

Actually, McLachlan separated from drummer Ashwin Sood last September.

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