Furtado, k-os, Talent lead Juno noms

Awards will be given April 1 in Saskatoon

MONTREAL — Portuguese-Canadian pop star Nelly Furtado, Toronto hip-hop artist k-os and Toronto rockers Billy Talent lead the race for the Juno Awards, the Canadian equivalent of the Grammy Awards, with five nominations apiece.

The nominations were unveiled Tuesday, and the awards will be presented April 1 in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, and broadcast live on the CTV Network.

Furtado, who’ll host the kudocast, has the most major nominations, with all five of her nods in key categories. She is up for Juno Fan Choice Award, single of the year (“Promiscuous,” which features Timbaland), album of the year (for “Loose”), artist of the year and pop album.

Hip-hopper k-os is in the hunt for single (“Sunday Morning”), songwriter, pop album (for “Atlantis: Hymn for Disco”), producer and video. Punk-metal band Billy Talent is on the short list for single (“Devil in a Midnight Mass”), album of the year (“Billy Talent II”), rock album and video.

The bands Hedley and Malajube, and singers Gregory Charles and Sarah Harmer are all up for three Junos each. The nominees for the Fan Choice Award are Furtado, Charles, Michael Buble, Nickelback and Sarah McLachlan.

Contenders for international album are the Dixie Chicks’ “Taking the Long Way,” Il Divo’s “Ancora,” Justin Timberlake’s “FutureSex/LoveSounds,” Madonna’s “Confessions on a Dance Floor” and Red Hot Chili Peppers’ “Stadium Arcadium.”

Diana Krall, Charles, Loreena McKennitt, Furtado and Pierre Lapointe are competing in the artist of the year category.

In addition to Billy Talent and Furtado, the other album contenders are Charles’ “I Think of You,” Hedley’s self-titled album and Three Day Grace’s “One-X.”

The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences also announced Tuesday that producer Bob Rock will be inducted into the Juno Hall of Fame. Rock has produced Bon Jovi and Motley Crue and is best-known for his long association with Metallica.

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