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2012 Juno Nominees


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I had to pause to clean the vomit out of my mouth after reading the Best Album nominees, but there are some worthy candidates in other categories. Nice to see Anvil getting a nod. Also, is it not weird that Deadmau5 was nominated as Artist of the Year, but didn't get a nod for Electronic Album of the Year?

Anyway, here they are:

Artist of the year: Drake, Feist, Michael Bublé, City and Colour, Deadmau5.

Album: Goodbye Lullabye, Avril Lavigne; Take Care, Drake; Under the Mistletoe, Justin Bieber; Christmas, Michael Bublé; Here and Now, Nickleback.

Single: Fragile Bird, City and Colour; Invincible, Hedley; Let's Go Higher, Johnny Reid; When We Stand Together, Nickelback; I Don't Know, The Sheepdogs.

Group: Arkells, Down With Webster, Hedley, Nickelback, Sam Roberts Band.

International album: 21, Adele; Mylo Zyloto, Coldplay; Born This Way, Lady Gaga; Sorry for Party Rocking, LMFAO; Loud, Rihanna.

New artist: Alyssa Reid, Dan Mangan, Diamond Rings, JRDN and Lindi Ortega.

New group: Braids, Hey Rosetta, Mother Mother, The Rural Alberta Advantage, The Sheepdogs.

Juno fan choice: Arcade Fire, Avril Lavigne, City and Colour, Deadmau5, Drake, Ginette Reno, Hedley, Justin Bieber, Michael Bublé, Nickelback.

Songwriter: Dallas Green, Dan Mangan, Feist, Jim Cuddy, Ron Sexsmith.

Country album: 16 & 1, Doc Walker; High Valley, High Valley; Everything, Jason McCoy; Forget About the World, Jimmy Rankin; Roots and Wings, Terri Clark.

Adult alternative album: Morning Comes, Cuff The Duke; Metals, Feist; Honeymoon Punch, Jenn Grant; Skyscraper Soul, Jim Cuddy; Long Player Late Bloomer, Ron Sexsmith.

Alternative album: Native Speaker, Braids; Oh Fortune, Dan Mangan; Kaputt, Destroyer; David Comes To Life, F--ked Up; Creep On Creepin' On, Timber Timbre.

Pop album: Goodbye Lullaby, Avril Lavigne; Time To Win Vol. II, Down With Webster; Storms, Hedley; Siberia, Lights; Ever After, Marianas Trench.

Rock album: Michigan Left, Arkells; Lights of Endangered Species, Matthew Good; Collider, Sam Roberts Band; The Double Cross, Sloan; Learn & Burn, The Sheepdogs;

Vocal jazz album: To Brazil With Love, Diana Panton; Two Kites, Fern Lindzon; Le carré de nos amours, Sonia Johnson; In The Moonlight, Sophie Milman; Skin Tight, The Nylons.

Contemporary jazz album: Rest of the Story, Chris Tarry; New History Warfare Vol. 2: Judges, Colin Stetson; Idiosyncrasie, François Bourassa Quintet; Cuban Rhapsody, Hilario Duran & Jane Bunnett; Changing Seasons, Phil Dwyer Orchestra feat. Mark Fewer.

Traditional jazz album: Aspects of Oscar, Dave Young Quintet; Verge, David Braid; Deep Shadows, Kirk MacDonald Orchestra; Still Rollin', Mike Murley Septet; Live In Baden, Oliver Jones.

Instrumental album: Cats & Dogs, Andrew Collins; New History Warfare Vol. 2: Judges, Colin Stetson; L'Âge du cuivre, L'Orkestre des Pas Perdus; Télescope, MAZ; Stretch Orchestra, Stretch Orchestra.

Francophone album: Le désert des solitudes, Catherine Major; Blonde, Coeur de Pirate; C'est un monde, Fred Pellerin; Le vrai le faux, Jérôme Minière; La caverne, Malajube.

Children's album: Connecting the Dots, Bobs & Lolo; Songs, Stories and Friends: Let's Go Play!, Charlie Hope; Sleepy Sky Lullaby, Eddie Douglas; Everyone, Music with BRIAN; My Butterfly/A Capella Lullabies, Vocal Paint.

Classical album, solo or chamber ensemble: Brahms On Brass, Canadian Brass; Louis Lortie Plays Liszt, Louis Lortie; Liszt Piano Sonata, Marc-André Hamelin; Schubert & Beethoven, New Orford String Quartet; American Flute Masterpieces, Susan Hoeppner.

Classical album, large ensemble or soloist with large ensemble: Daugherty : Fire and Blood, Alexandre Da Costa, Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal; Bartók Voilin Concertos, James Ehnes; Vivaldi Cello Concertos, Jean-Guihen Queyras; Bruckner 4, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Orchestre Métropolitain; Florent Schmidt- La tragédie de salomé, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Orchestre Métropolitain.

Classical album, vocal or choral performance: Haydn Arias, Jane Archibald, Orchestre Symphonique Bienne, Thomas Rösner; Handel: Streams of Pleasure, Karina Gauvin, Marie-Nicole Lemieux; Caldara : La Conversione di Clodoveo, Le Nouvel Opéra; Marie-Josée Lord, Marie-Josée Lord, Orchestre Métropolitain, Giuseppe Pietraroia; J.S. Bach: Cantatas 70 & 154; Concerto 1060; Orchestral Suite No. 2, Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra & Daniel Taylor.

Classical composition: Glass Houses #5, Ann Southam; Sepia Fragments, Derek Charke; Piano Concerto No. 2, Heather Schmidt; String Quartet No. 2, Jacques Hétu; Fugitive Colours, Jeffrey Ryan.

Rap recording: Handshakes and Middle Fingers, Classified; Jonestown 2: Jimmy Go Bye Bye, D-Sisive; Take Care, Drake; Anywhere (Ol' Time Killin' Part.2), Kardinal Offishall; Daggermouth, Swollen Members.

Dance recording: Brand New Chick, Anjulie; Aural Psynapse, Deadmau5; Barbara Streisand, Duck Sauce; Hello, Martin Solveig & Dragonette; Devotion, Mia Martina.

R&B/Soul recording: IAMJRDN, JRDN; Set it Off ft. Kardinal Offishall, Jully Black; Ghetto Love ft. Kardinal Offishall, Karl Wolf; Gone And Never Coming Back, Melanie Fiona; Pretty Lil' Heart ft. Lil Wayne, Robin Thicke.

Reggae recording: Seeds of Love & Life ft. Luciano, Dubmatix; Bleaching Shop, Exco Levi; Lover's Paradise, Jay Douglas; Woman, Steele; Rescue Me, Tanya Mullings.

Aboriginal album: Speakers of Tomorrow, Bruthers of Different Muthers; To Whom It May Concern, Donny Parenteau; One Nation, Flying Down Thunder and Rise Ashen; Lived & Life Played, Murray Porter; The Gift of Life, Randy Wood.

Roots & Traditional album, solo: Small Source of Comfort, Bruce Cockburn; Floods & Fires, Craig Cardiff; A Tribute To John Allan Cameron, Dave Gunning; Late Edition, David Francey; Little Red Boots, Lindi Ortega.

Roots & Traditional album, group: Let The Rain Fall, Good Lovelies; The Place I Left Behind, The Deep Dark Woods; Row Upon Row Of The People We Know, The Once; Bright Morning Stars, The Wailin' Jennys; When The Wolves Go Blind, Twilight Hotel.

Blues album: Still Blue, Bill Johnson; Soul Bender, David Gogo; Shame The Devil, Harrison Kennedy; To Behold, MonkeyJunk; Me 'n' Mabel, Suzie Vinnick.

Contemporary Christian/Gospel album: On The Altar of Love, Downhere; Crazy Love, Hawk Nelson; Forevermore, Jon Bauer; Imperfections & Directions, Kellie Loder; Don't Close Your Eyes, Sky Terminal.

World Music album: Afo Gné, Aboulaye Kone et Bolo Kan; Flores, Tambores e Amores, Aline Morales; From Night To The Edge Of Day, Azam Ali; Aam Zameen : common ground, Kiran Ahluwalia; Sleepover, Socalled.

Producer of the year: Bob Rock (Jann Arden); Brian Howes (Hedley, Nickelback); David Foster (Shania Twain, Michael Bublé); k.d. lang (k.d. lang and the Siss Boom Bang); Noah "40" Shebib (Drake).

Recording engineer: Chris Shreenan-Dyck (Jim Cuddy); David Travers-Smith (The Wailin' Jennys, Oh Susanna); George Seara (Michael Kaeshammer, Laila Biali); Jeff Wolpert (Sarah Slean); Michael Phillip Wojewoda (Paisley Jura).

Recording package: Metals, Feist; 12, Dinah Thorpe; Rest of the Story, Chris Tarry; Get Yourself Home, Laura Repo; Creep On Creepin' On, Timber Timbre.

Video of the year: The Stand, Mother Mother; Rows of Houses, Dan Mangan; Stamp, The Rural Alberta Advantage; Good Day At The Races, Hollerado; Outside Rumbleseat, The Sadies.

Music DVD: Feist: Look At What The Light Did Now; Tegan and Sara: Get Along; Rush: Time Machine 2011: Live In Cleveland; Peter Katz: Peter Katz Live At The Music Gallery; David Francey: Burning Bright.

Electronic album: A Little More Than Everything, Arthur Oskan; Feel It Break, Austra; Azari & III, Azari & III; It's All True, Junior Boys; Ravendeath, 1972, Tim Hecker.

Metal/hard music album: Juggernaut of Justice, Anvil; Burning Fortune, Cauldron; Deconstruction, Devin Townsend; Die Miserable, F--k The Facts; Venerable, KEN mode.

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Album: Goodbye Lullabye, Avril Lavigne; Take Care, Drake; Under the Mistletoe, Justin Bieber; Christmas, Michael Bublé; Here and Now, Nickleback.

Two Christmas albums? I know the presence of Nickelback alone nullifies the credibility of this category but still... two Christmas albums?

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Yes, I know that quantity =/= quality ... but, I believe that the Michael Bublé Christmas album was the second highest selling album worldwide in 2011 behind Adele's 21. And Drake and Justin Bieber were also in the Top 10. Besides, the Biebes is so dreamy now that he has pit puffs.

I will be shocked if the Sheepdogs don't win and I also have my fingers crossed for Ron Sexsmith, the Arkells and especially for Socalled.

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Album: Goodbye Lullabye' date=' Avril Lavigne; Take Care, Drake; Under the Mistletoe, Justin Bieber; Christmas, Michael Bublé; Here and Now, Nickleback.[/quote']

Two Christmas albums? I know the presence of Nickelback alone nullifies the credibility of this category but still... two Christmas albums?

My thoughts, exactly. I can't think of any Christmas albums ever that have objectively stood up as quality albums over time, with all due respect to Vince Guaraldi. I think that it cheapens the category and makes it look like being an internationally-recognized name is a trump card.

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Album: Goodbye Lullabye' date=' Avril Lavigne; Take Care, Drake; Under the Mistletoe, Justin Bieber; Christmas, Michael Bublé; Here and Now, Nickleback.[/quote']

Two Christmas albums? I know the presence of Nickelback alone nullifies the credibility of this category but still... two Christmas albums?

My thoughts, exactly. I can't think of any Christmas albums ever that have objectively stood up as quality albums over time, with all due respect to Vince Guaraldi. I think that it cheapens the category and makes it look like being an internationally-recognized name is a trump card.

I listen to Phil Spector's Christmas album year round, it's just that good.

Thrilled to see Venerable by KENMode on the list for brand-new metal category, and would be happy to see it, FTFacts, or Cauldron take the honour.

Didnt get into Devy's album, and dont care for Anvil.

:chug:

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Sufjan Stevens' Xmas albums are great. There are many good Xmas albums.

What is the criteria for that category?

Sheepdogs, while I love their name, are so bland and unoriginal that I'm not at all surprised they're nominated for a Juno :). Hehe

Jokes aside, Deep Dark Woods, Junior Boys and lots of other artists nominated deserve more press / recognition / a sales bump, so good for the small bands.

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Album / International Album of Year are based solely on sales.

New Artist / Group is based on combination of sales and judging.

Whoever submitted the packages for the New Group / Artist categories is likely affiliated with said group and therefore fully aware of how long they've been together.

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