Violinist James Ehnes (Benjamin Ealovega) and Don Amero (Nadya Kwandibens) were both nominated for Juno Awards
I love everyone in the running so no matter who wins, I know it's good for Aboriginal people everywhere.
—Don Amero, Juno nominee
Nominations for the 2013 Juno Awards were announced on Tuesday, February 19 with
"Call Me Maybe" singer Carly Rae Jepsen leading in five categories. Multiple nominees in three categories were Hedley, Marianas Trench, Metric and Leonard
Cohen. Country star k.d. lang will be inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame
at the April 21st ceremony.
Manitoba musicians earned four nominations, Don Amero and Burnt Project 1 will compete for Aboriginal Recording of the Year while Brandon violinist James Ehnes is nominated in two classical music categories.
Don Amero's latest, Heart on My Sleeve, already earned the singer the Aboriginal Male Entertainer of the Year trophy at the Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards and marks his first Juno nomination.
"I owe a lot to my friends, family and fans. I love everyone in the running so no matter who wins, I know it's good for Aboriginal people everywhere," Amero says.
The members of Burnt Project 1 won a Juno in 2006 for their album Hometown, but that doesn't dampen frontman David Dorian Boulanger's enthusiasm for this latest nod.
"It's totally amazing and wonderful that The Black List has the voices to be recognized in the 2013 Junos!!! Also amazed that the committee has put together all of the amazing genres and performers in the fashion which they did, that describes the diversity and amazing artistry from such a wide spectrum of vision," he says.
Violinist James Ehnes is the only Manitoban artist up for multiple awards this year, he was nominated in two categories: Classical Album of the Year: Large Ensemble or Soloist(s) with Large Ensemble Accompaniment and Classical Album of the Year: Solo or Chamber Ensemble.
The Juno Awards will be handed out on April 21st and hosted by Michael Bublé.
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