TORONTO — Goth-rocking teen Avril Lavigne led the pack with five nominations for the 34th Juno Awards, Canada’s music kudofest.
Lavigne’s sophomore album “Under My Skin” garnered noms for album of the year and pop album, and she drew noms for artist as well as songwriter (“Don’t Tell Me,” “My Happy Ending” and “Nobody’s Home”).
She’s also up for the fan choice award, along with Shania Twain, Sarah McLachlan, Marie-Elaine Thibert and jazz diva Diana Krall. Latter drew four noms including artist. Her disc “The Girl in the Other Room” took noms for album and vocal jazz album.
Also up for album of the year are Celine Dion’s “Miracle,” Billy Talent’s self-titled disc and Simple Plan’s “Still Not Getting Any.” Dion was also nommed for pop album and artist. Talent was tapped for top single (“River Below”) and group, Simple Plan for group and pop album.
Twain also drew a trio of noms, including single and country recording for “Party of Two.” Feist has been tapped for new artist, alternative album (“Let It Die”) and single (“One Evening”). K-os took noms for single (“Crabbuckit”), rap recording (“Joyful Rebellion”) and video (“B-Boy Stance.”)
Rounding out the artist of the year category are Bryan Adams and k.d. lang.
The Tragically Hip and Neil Young are to be inducted into the Juno Award Hall of Fame.
Organized by the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences, the Junos will be held in Winnipeg, Manitoba, and air on CTV April 3. Comedian Brent Butt (“Corner Gas”) will host.