Furtado, Barenaked take 5 Juno noms each

Victoria native nominated as new solo artist

TORONTO — With five nods each, newcomer Nelly Furtado and the Barenaked Ladies lead the pack at this year’s Juno Award nominations, Canada’s answer to the Grammys, announced Wednesday.

Victoria, B.C., native Furtado was nominated as new solo artist, songwriter and, with Gerald Eaton and Brian West, producer. Her debut CD “Whoa, Nelly!” is up for pop album, with hit “I’m Like a Bird” contending for best single.

The Barenaked Ladies are up for best group, single (“Pinch Me”), album and pop album, the latter two for their latest CD, “Maroon.” In addition, band members Steven Page and Ed Robertson were nominated in the songwriter category.

Other multiple nominees include soulDecision, for single (“Faded”), album (“No One Does It Better”) and group; Jesse Cook, who received the nod in the group, instrumental album and global album categories for “Free Fail”; and Tragically Hip, who are up for album and rock album (“Music @ Work”) as well as group.

Snow is up for male artist, songwriter (“Everybody Wants to Be Like You”) and pop album for “Mind on the Moon.”

Shania Twain was nominated in the female country artist category, Joni Mitchell for jazz vocals and Bryan Adams for best songwriter (“The Best of Me”).

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