Awards ceremony will be broadcast on CTV Net

Alberta hard-rockers Nickelback lead the race for this year’s Juno Awards, the Canadian music awards, with six nominations.

The melodic rock outfit is followed closely in the Junos race by jazz diva Diana Krall and old-fashioned crooner Michael Buble, who are tied with five nominations apiece.

Nominations were announced Wednesday in Toronto; the awards ceremony will take place April 2 in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and be broadcast on the CTV Network. It’s usually the most-watched Canadian English-language awards show.

Nickelback, one of the few Canuck rock bands with major commercial success at home and in the U.S., is nominated for group, rock album and album for its fourth album, “All the Right Reasons,” as well as producer of the year, single for hit “Photograph” and the public-voted fan choice Juno.

Vancouver-based singer-songwriter Krall is in the running as artist, fan choice, music DVD for “Live at the Montreal Intl. Jazz Festival,” and album and vocal jazz album for “Christmas Songs.” Buble, also based in Vancouver, is up for fan choice, artist, album and pop album for “It’s Time.” The singer also is nominated for single “Home,” a song he penned about being homesick for Canada while touring the world.

Up for three Junos are hot Montreal indie rocker Arcade Fire, the 2004 “Canadian Idol” winner Kalan Porter, Toronto-born rock icon Neil Young and the Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra.

Arcade Fire, whose album “Funeral” was nominated for a Grammy Award, is nominated as songwriter of the year for “Wake Up,” “Rebellion (Lies)” and “Neighbourhood #3 (Power Out).” Band also received noms in the video category for the latter two songs.

Porter is in the running for album and pop album for “219 Days” and as artist. Youngis nominated for adult alternative album for “Prairie Wind,” producer and songwriter for “The Painter,” “When God Made Me” and “Prairie Wind.”

Four “Canadian Idol” finalists have been nominated for eight Juno Awards: Porter, Theresa Sokyrka, Rex Goudie and Hedley lead singer Jacob Hoggard. “Canadian Idol,” which airs on CTV, is consistently one of the country’s top-rated local shows.

The fan choice contenders include Krall, Buble, Nickelback, Simple Plan and Celine Dion.

The race for single features Bedouin Soundclash’s “When the Night Feels My Song,” Feist’s “Inside and Out,” k-os’ “Man I Used to Be,” Buble’s “Home” and Nickelback’s “Photograph.” Album of the year short list includes Krall’s “Christmas Songs,” Porter’s “219 Days,” Buble’s “It’s Time,” Nickelback’s “All the Right Reasons” and Goudie’s “Under the Lights.”

Krall, Porter, Buble, Goudie and Quebecois rocker Boom Desjardins compete for title of artist of the year. The international album category includes 50 Cent’s “The Massacre,” Black Eyed Peas’ “Monkey Business,” Coldplay’s “X&Y,” Gwen Stefani’s “Love.Angel.Music.Baby” and Kelly Clarkson’s “Breakway.”

Performers set for the Juno Awards include Coldplay, Bryan Adams, Buble, Nickelback, Bedouin Soundclash and Broken Social Scene.

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