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Multiple nominees the Divorcees are shown performing in Fredericton, N.B., on Feb. 10, 2008. ((Andrew Vaughan/Canadian Press))

Moncton country group the Divorcees and folk/bluegrass artist Jens Jeppesen have four nominations each for the Prix MNB Awards.

 MNB Awards selected nominees
 Best group
  • Olympic Symphonium, More in Sorrow Than in Anger.
  • The Divorcees, Last of the Free Men.
  • Rick Reese & Neon Highway, Mama Raised A Good Boy.
  • Les Païens, Pyramyd: Epiphonde 3.
  • Chris Colepaugh & the Cosmic Crew, Missed a Page.
 Best male artist
  • Andy Brown, False Alarm
  • Jens Jeppesen, Time Alone
  • Clinton Charlton, Parade
  • Zwerg, Package Up My Soul
  • Andy Cotter, Time for Everything
 Best female artist
  • Melanie Morgan, Goodbye Birmingham.
  • Stephanie Mainville, Out of Nowhere.
  • Mel Keith & the Strombachs, Mel Keith & the Strombachs.
  • Samantha Robichaud, Collected.
  • Jessica Rhys, Good Things.
 Best anglophone recording
  • The Divorcees, Last of the Free Men.
  • Chris Colepaugh & the Cosmic Crew, Missed a Page.
  • Olympic Symphonium, More in Sorrow Than in Anger.
  • Jessica Rhys, Good Things.
  • Mel Keith & the Strombachs, Mel Keith & the Strombachs.

Nominations for the new awards to honour New Brunswick artists were announced Tuesday.

The public is being invited to vote for their favourites, in 27 categories, on the website of NB Music, which is organizing the awards.

Jeppesen's Time Alone earned nominations for best male recording artist, best folk recording and best anglophone recording.

The Divorcees are competing for best country group, best group recording and best anglophone recording for Last of the Free Men.

Acadian fiddler Samantha Robichaud also has four nominations, including best female artist and best traditional artist for her Collected recording.

Other multiple nominees include Cap-Pele, N.B., country singer Melanie Morgan, alt-country rockers Sleepy Driver, Moncton pop-rock outfit Mel Keith & The Strombachs and folk trio the Olympic Symphonium, which made a splash with More in Sorrow Than Anger.

Francophone fiddler Laurie LeBlanc and Acadian singer-songwriter Pascale LeJeune each has three nominations, including best francophone recording.

The winners, to be announced Oct. 9 in Moncton, will be chosen in a formula that allocates 25 per cent to public votes, 25 per cent to a jury and half to votes by eligible NB Music members.