Juno Awards 2015: Avril Lavigne, Nickelback and Kiesza among nominees

Canadian power-couple Avril Lavigne and Chad Kroeger have reason to celebrate after the complete list of 2015 Juno Awards nominees were announced in Toronto on Tuesday (Jan. 27).

The 30-year-old “Hello Kitty” singer will vie for Best Pop Album against Down With Webster, Lights, MAGIC!, and Nikki Yanofsky, while her husband’s band, Nickelback, has been recognized in three major categories – Group of the Year, Album of the Year and Juno Fan Choice.

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Avril was nominated for Juno Fan Choice in 2014, but lost out to 20-year-old pop star Justin Bieber, who won for the fourth consecutive year in a row. (He has not been nominated in any categories this year.)

Although Avril and Chad are two of the country's most recognizable stars, the clear leader of this year's pack of nominees is pop-reggae group MAGIC!, who garnered five nominations for Breakthrough Group of the Year, Pop Album of the Year, Single of the Year, Juno Fan Choice and Songwriter of the Year – despite never having been nominated before.

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The Toronto band, who released their debut single, “Rude” in 2014, took to Twitter to share their excitement, writing, “We are so happy to be nominated for 5 Juno Awards!!! Amazing :))) Thank you to @TheJunoAwards and Canada! We love you.”

Not far behind is dance sensation Kiesza with four nominations, including Single of the Year for “Hideaway," an electro-pop international hit that became the song of the summer.

Meanwhile, Bryan Adams, deadmau5, Leonard Cohen, Sarah McLachlan and The Weeknd are vying for Artist of the Year.

While there’s been no word yet on whether Avril and Chad will attend the awards ceremony together, fans are eagerly awaiting the pair’s return to the spotlight. The couple haven’t been seen in public together since late last year, leading many to speculate that they were set to divorce after just one year of matrimony – though Chad seemed to deny the reports via a cryptic tweet in September. Meanwhile, Avril has been teasing new music on Twitter this past month after revealing that she had been suffering from a mysterious illness.

The Juno Awards will take place during a star-studded gala on March 15 in Hamilton, with performances by Arkells, Kiesza, MAGIC! and Shawn Mendes, with more to be announced in the upcoming weeks.Veteran rock band Rush will be honoured with the Allan Waters Humanitarian Award at a special gala ahead of the Junos broadcast.

2015 JUNO AWARDS: ALL THE NOMINEES:

JUNO FAN CHOICE AWARD
Arcade Fire
Bobby Bazini
Drake
Hedley
Leonard Cohen
Magic!
Michael Bublé
Nickelback
Serge Fiori
You+Me

SINGLE OF THE YEAR
Hold On, We’re Going Home Drake ft. Majid Jordan
Crazy for You Hedley
Hideaway Kiesza
Rude Magic!
We’re All in This Together Sam Roberts Band

INTERNATIONAL ALBUM OF THE YEAR
PRISM Katy Perry
Pure Heroine Lorde
Midnight Memories One Direction
In the Lonely Hour Sam Smith
1989 Taylor Swift

ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Where I Belong Bobby Bazini
Wild Life Hedley
Popular Problems Leonard Cohen
No Fixed Address Nickelback
Serge Fiori Serge Fiori

ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Bryan Adams
Deadmau5
Leonard Cohen
Sarah McLachlan
The Weeknd

GROUP OF THE YEAR
Arkells
Chromeo
Mother Mother
Nickelback
You+Me

BREAKTHROUGH ARTIST OF THE YEAR (SPONSORED BY FACTOR AND RADIO STARMAKER FUND)
Glenn Morrison
Jess Moskaluke
Kiesza
Mac DeMarco
Shawn Mendes

BREAKTHROUGH GROUP OF THE YEAR (SPONSORED BY FACTOR AND RADIO STARMAKER FUND)
Adventure Club
Alvvays
Magic!
USS
Zeds Dead

SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR (SPONSORED BY SIRIUSXM CANADA)
Bahamas
“All the Time”, “Bitter Memories”, “Stronger Than That”
BAHAMAS IS AFIE – Bahamas
Catherine MacLellan
“Jack’s Song”, “Tell Me Luella”, “The Raven’s Sun”
THE RAVEN’S SUN – Catherine MacLellan
Henry “Cirkut” Walter
“Birthday” – co-songwriters Katy Perry, Luke Gottwald, Max Martin, Bonnie McKee
“Dark Horse ft. Juicy J” - co-songwriters Katy Perry, Jordan Houston, Luke Gottwald, Sarah Hudson, Max
Martin
PRISM – Katy Perry
“Wild Wild Love” – co-songwriters Armando C. Pérez, Luke Gottwald, Michael Everett, Max Martin,
Ammar Malik, Alexander Castillo Vasquez
GLOBALIZATION – Pitbull
Jenn Grant
“Bring Me a Rose”, “No One’s Gonna Love You (Quite Like I Do)”, “Trailer Park”
COMPOSTELA – Jenn Grant
Magic!
“Don’t Kill the Magic” – co-songwriter Adam Messinger, “Let Your Hair Down”, “Rude” – co-songwriter
Adam Messinger
DON’T KILL THE MAGIC – Magic!

COUNTRY ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Lifted Dallas Smith
Light Up The Night Jess Moskaluke
Caffeine & Big Dreams Kira Isabella
MacKenzie Porter Mackenzie Porter
Wheels The Road Hammers

ADULT ALTERNATIVE ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Bahamas Is Afie Bahamas
Compostela Jenn Grant
The Lemon Squeeze Jeremy Fisher
Popular Problems Leonard Cohen
Sleeping Operator The Barr Brothers

ALTERNATIVE ALBUM OF THE YEAR (SPONSORED BY LONG & MCQUADE)
Alvvays Alvvays
Shrink Dust Chad VanGaalen
July Talk July Talk
Animism Tanya Tagaq
Hot Dreams Timber Timbre

POP ALBUM OF THE YEAR (SPONSORED BY TD)
Avril Lavigne Avril Lavigne
Party For Your Life Down With Webster
Little Machines Lights
Don’t Kill The Magic Magic!
Little Secret Nikki Yanofsky

ROCK ALBUM OF THE YEAR (SPONSORED BY SIRIUSXM CANADA)
High Noon Arkells
Ghost Big Wreck
Lo-Fantasy Sam Roberts Band
The Union The Glorious Sons
Between Illness and Migration Your Favorite Enemies

VOCAL JAZZ ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Angela Galuppo Angela Galuppo
Red Diana Panton
The Signal Elizabeth Shepherd
Counting Dreams Julie Crochetière
Because of Billie Molly Johnson

JAZZ ALBUM OF THE YEAR: SOLO
Zoetrope Jim Head
Vista Obscura Kirk MacDonald
LA Bootleg 1984 Lenny Breau
La vie commence ici Marianne Trudel
Drum Lore Vol. 2 – More Lore Owen Howard

JAZZ ALBUM OF THE YEAR: GROUP
Bristles Andrew Downing, Jim Lewis & David Occhipinti
Bobby Rice Latin Jazz Big Band: X-Treme Latin Jazz Bobby Rice
Fishs Eddy Brian Dickinson Trio
Jane Bunnett and Maqueque Jane Bunnett and Maqueque
The Where Myriad3

INSTRUMENTAL ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Great Wall of China Canadian Brass
Flesh and Machine Daniel Lanois
Off With the Cuffs John Stetch
Encuentro Quartango
Symphony! Sultans of String

FRANCOPHONE ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Maladie d’amour Jimmy Hunt
L’alchimie des monstres Klô Pelgag
Ornithologie, la nuit Philippe B
Valse 333 Sagot
Serge Fiori Serge Fiori

CHILDREN’S ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Wave Your Antlers Bobs & LoLo
Where In The World Fred Penner
Le chat botté LuLu et le Matou
Love Bug Raffi
Happy Times Splash'N Boots

CLASSICAL ALBUM OF THE YEAR: SOLO OR CHAMBER ENSEMBLE
Blanc Angèle Dubeau & La Pietà
Akoka: Reframing Olivier Messiaen's Quartet for the End of Time David Krakauer, Matt Haimovitz, Socalled, Jonathan Crow & Geoffrey Burleson
Bartok: Chamber Works for Violin Vol. 3 James Ehnes
Prokofiev: Sonates & Mélodies Jonathan Crow & Paul Stewart
Ysaÿe Sonatas for Solo Violin Karl Stobbe

CLASSICAL ALBUM OF THE YEAR: LARGE ENSEMBLE OR SOLOIST(S) WITH LARGE ENSEMBLE ACCOMPANIMENT
MOZART: Piano Concertos Nos. 22 & 24 Angela Hewitt
Khachaturian/Shostakovich James Ehnes
Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 7, Departure - Utopia Orchestre symphonique de Montréal & Kent Nagano
Rimsky-Korsakov: Sheherazade Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Peter Oundjian
Bruckner 3 Yannick Nézet-Séguin & Orchestre Métropolitain

CLASSICAL ALBUM OF THE YEAR: VOCAL OR CHORAL PERFORMANCE
Schubert: Winterreise Gerald Finley & Julius Drake
Handel & Porpora: The London Years Julie Boulianne, Clavecin en concert & Luc Beauséjour
Mozart: Opera & Concert Arias Karina Gauvin, Les Violons du Roy & Bernard Labadie
Terra Tremuit Studio de musique ancienne de Montréal
The Heart's Refuge Theatre of Early Music, Schola Cantorum & Daniel Taylor

CLASSICAL COMPOSITION OF THE YEAR
Glistening Pianos Alice Ping Yee Ho GLISTENING PIANOS
Airline Icarus Brian Current AIRLINE ICARUS – COMPLETE OPERA
Magister Ludi Gordon Fitzell MAGISTER LUDI
Sextet, OP. 71 Jacques Hétu COMPLETE CHAMBER WORKS FOR STRINGS
Triple Concerto for Violin, Cello, Piano and Orchestra John Estacio A CONCERT FOR NEW YORK

RAP RECORDING OF THE YEAR
PA2: The Director’s Cut Marco Polo
The Legends League Presents: Naturally Born Strangers Naturally Born Strangers
Dear America P Reign
Amani Saukrates
Stigmata Tre Mission

DANCE RECORDING OF THE YEAR
Calling All Heroes Adventure Club
White Women Chromeo
Goodbye Glenn Morrison
Sound Of A Woman Kiesza
Soundwave Trevor Guthrie

R&B/SOUL RECORDING OF THE YEAR
Dirty Laundry Ben Stevenson
Got To Have It jacksoul
JRDN JRDN
Four Seasons Melanie Durrant
Often The Weeknd

REGGAE RECORDING OF THE YEAR
Welcome the King Exco Levi
Love Inna Wi Heart Kirk Diamond ft. Bob da Builda
Wake Up Mikey Dangerous
Hold On Till I Die Steele
Real Talk Tasha T

ABORIGINAL ALBUM OF THE YEAR (SPONSORED BY ABORIGINAL PEOPLES TELEVISION NETWORK)
The Whole World’s Got the Blues Crystal Shawanda
For The Light Digging Roots
Heart of the People Leela Gilday
Animism Tanya Tagaq
The (Post) Mistress Tomson Highway

ROOTS & TRADITIONAL ALBUM OF THE YEAR: SOLO
They Promised You Mercy Amelia Curran
The Raven’s Sun Catherine MacLellan
Prairieography Del Barber
The Old Silo James Hill
Weightless Matt Andersen

ROOTS & TRADITIONAL ALBUM OF THE YEAR: GROUP
South Blackie and The Rodeo Kings
Work and Love Elliott Brood
Let It Lie The Bros. Landreth
Jubilee The Deep Dark Woods
Departures The Once

BLUES ALBUM OF THE YEAR (SPONSORED BY STINGRAY MUSIC)
Belmont Boulevard JW-Jones
Solo Recordings, Vol. 2 Steve Hill
Let Me Prove It To You Steve Strongman
Wicked The 24th Street Wailers
A Real Fine Mess The Harpoonist & The Axe Murderer

CONTEMPORARY CHRISTIAN/GOSPEL ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Introducing Chelsea Amber Chelsea Amber
Analog Love in Digital Times Drew Brown
The Moment Manafest
VIP Manic Drive
The Joy Tim Neufeld

WORLD MUSIC ALBUM OF THE YEAR (SPONSORED BY CANADA COUNCIL FOR THE ARTS)
Ayrad Ayrad
Singing in Tongues Eccodek
The Key Emmanuel Jal
Le dernier empereur bantou Pierre Kwenders
500 Years of Night Quique Escamilla

JACK RICHARDSON PRODUCER OF THE YEAR (SPONSORED BY SLAIGHT MUSIC)
Adam Messinger “Change Your Life” (co-producer Nasri Atweh) THE NEW CLASSIC – Iggy Azalea | “Rude” DON’T KILL THE MAGIC – Magic!
Eric Ratz “Ghosts” GHOSTS – Big Wreck Anthem*Warner | “Leather Jacket” – HIGH NOON – Arkells
Gavin Brown “I Am Machine” – Three Days Grace | “Reaper Man” VERY GOOD BAD THING – Mother Mother
Jesse Zubot “Caribou”, “Uja” ANIMISM – Tanya Tagaq
Thomas “Tawgs” Salter “Soundwave”– Trevor Guthrie | “Up We Go” LITTLE MACHINES – Lights

RECORDING ENGINEER OF THE YEAR (SPONSORED BY ONTARIO INSTITUTE OF AUDIO RECORDING TECHNOLOGY [OIART])
Eric Ratz “Ghosts” GHOSTS – Big Wreck Anthem*Warner | “Satellite Hotel” BLACK BUFFALO – One Bad Son
George Seara “Got To Have It”, “Whole Day” GREATEST HITS – jacksoul
Jeremy Darby “Mosaic”, “Nomad’s Arrival” MANDALA – Monsoon
John “Beetle” Bailey “Any Day Now” JUST PASSING THROUGH – The Breithaupt Brothers | “Fine and Mellow” BECAUSE OF BILLIE – Molly Johnson
Lenny Derose “I Am Machine” – Three Days Grace | “Reaper Man” VERY GOOD BAD
THING – Mother Mother

RECORDING PACKAGE OF THE YEAR
Alex Durlak (Art Director/Designer), Jeff McMurrich and Bry Webb (Art Directors) FREE WILL – Bry Webb
Caroline Blanchette (Art Director) WONDERS OF THE WORLD – The Lost Fingers
Menno Versteeg (Art Director), Zack Mykula (Designer), Jason Bartell (Illustrator), Yoshi Cooper (Photographer) PUP – PUP
Roberta Hansen (Art Director/Designer/Illustrator), Mike Latschislaw (Photographer) PILGRIMAGE – Steve Bell
Taylor Kirk (Art Director/Designer/Photographer), Robyn Kotyk (Designer), Laura Margaret Ramsay (Photographer) HOT DREAMS – Timber Timbre

VIDEO OF THE YEAR (SPONSORED BY MUCHFACT, EXCLUSIVELY FUNDED BY BELL MEDIA)
Preach Dane Collison SONREAL
Lost You Grandson & Son ZEDS DEAD FT. TWIN SHADOW
Guilt Trip Jeremy Schaulin-Rioux and Chandler Levack PUP
Hideaway Kiesza, Blayre Ellestad, Rami Afuni and Ljuba Castot KIESZA
Not Up To Me Natalie Rae Robison KANDLE

ELECTRONIC ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Our Love Caribou
While (1<2) Deadmau5
Right From Real Lydia Ainsworth
EX Plastikman
Alone For The First Time Ryan Hemsworth

METAL/HARD MUSIC ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Devin Townsend Project
Waiting for the End to Come Kataklysm
Brotherhood of the Ram Shooting Guns
Negative Qualities Single Mothers
Chasing the Dream Skull Fist

ADULT CONTEMPORARY ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Womyn Alysha Brilla
Everything Almost Jann Arden
Trauma: Chansons de la série télé (saison no. 5) Coeur de pirate
Dark Swing Ndidi
Shine On Sarah McLachlan

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