Junos fete 3 Canucks with Achievement prize

MONTREAL – Canada’s music industry has created a new award, prompted by the international success of Celine Dion, Alanis Morissette and Shania Twain.

The three Canadian singing stars will be the first recipients of the Intl. Achievement Award at the 26th annual Juno Awards on March 9, the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences said Tuesday.

They are all double nominees at the American Music Awards, which will be presented Monday. Dion’s album “Falling Into You” sold 7 million copies in the U.S. and 15 million worldwide in 1996. She’s nominated for four Grammy Awards this year. Morissette’s “Jagged Little Pill” became the bestselling debut by a female artist in U.S. music history, with 14 million copies sold. She’s up for two Grammys. Shania Twain’s “The Woman in Me” is on its way to sales of more than 8 million copies in the U.S., becoming the bestselling country album ever by a female country artist (the album spawned eight hit singles).

Separately, the Academy named the five nominees for the North Star Rock Album of the Year, the only Juno award to be chosen by fans.

They are: “Hemi-Vision,” Big Sugar; “Scenery & Fish,” I Mother Earth; “Test for Echo,” Rush; “Trouble at the Henhouse,” the Tragically Hip; and “Brand New Day,” the Watchmen.

The award replaces the previous fan-voted category, Entertainer of the Year.

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