The pop-rock-reggae group MAGIC! from Toronto leads this year’s nominees at Canada’s top music awards, the Junos, with five nominations. The nominations were announced on Tuesday (January 27).
MAGIC! was nominated for best Breakthrough Group of the Year, Pop Album of the Year, Single of the Year, Juno Fan Choice and Songwriter of the Year.
Calgary pop singer Kiesza had four nominations, including single of the year for her international hit Hideaway.
Canadian music icon Leonard Cohen also received four nominations including artist of the year and album of the year for Popular Problems.
Here are some of the nominees in selected categories include:
- Group of the year: Arkells, Chromeo, Mother Mother, Nickelback and You+Me
- Artist of the Year: Brian Adams, Deadmau5, Leonard Cohen, Sarah McLachlan, The Weeknd
- International Album of the Year: Katy Perry, Lorde, One Direction, Sam Smith, Taylor Swift
- Pop album: Avril Lavigne, Down with Webster, Lights, Magic!, Nikki Yanofsky
There were 179 artists nominated in all, including 86 first-time nominees in 19 genres.
The iconic Toronto rock group Rush will be honoured with the Allan Waters Humanitarian Award at a gala the night before the Juno Awards broadcast which will announce the winners on March 15 from the FirstOntario Centre in the city of Hamilton.