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- Posted on Mar 3rd 2010 1:20PM by Joshua Ostroff
In a typically confounding move by Canada's Grammys equivalent, Metric didn't get a best album nod -- possibly due to sales quotas in top-tier categories. But the Junos did give best album nominations to Billy Talent's 'III,' Diana Krall's 'Quiet Nights,' Johnny Reid's 'Dance With Me,' Justin Beiber's 'My World' and Michael Bublé's 'Crazy Love.'
In fact, Bublé got a leading six nominations, including Artist of the Year, Single of the Year, Songwriter of the Year, Pop Album of the Year and the Juno Fan Choice Award.
As usual, the arguably strongest category was the Alternative Album of the Year, which recognized internationally acclaimed efforts from Handsome Furs, Japandroids, Tegan and Sara and Julie Doiron, as well as Metric.
Less typically, the Rap Recording of the Year category was particularly impressive, with multiple nominees K'Naan (best artist, songwriter), Classified (best single, video) and Drake (best new artist, single) who also got nominated alongside Big Page and U.G.O. Crew for the posse cut 'Still Fly.' Veteran rapper k-os took the last spot for his third album 'Yes!' having won this category back in 2005 with his smash album 'Joyful Rebellion.'
Despite Isis' rapping, her now-defunct duo Thunderheist got a best dance nomination along with global club superstar Deadmau5 and longtime techno diva Misstress Barbara.
Other multiple nominees included Tragically Hip, Joel Plaskett, Nickelback (whose 'Dark Horse' somehow got nominated for best rock album despite winning Album of the Year at last year's Junos) and sixteen-year-old pop upstart Justin Bieber, who will also be performing at the televised Juno Awards ceremonies. Bieber will be joined by Metric, Michael Bublé, Blue Rodeo, Billy Talent and Drake.
The Juno Awards will be broadcasting from St Johns, Newfoundland on April 18 on CTV.
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