Hey Rosetta! leads 2016 East Coast Music Award nominations with 7 nods

Nominations for the 2016 East Coast Music Awards were announced Tuesday in Nova Scotia, where legions of musicians are expected to arrive in Sydney for the five-day musical extravaganza in April.

East Coast Music Week is April 13 to 17 in Sydney, N.S.

Tim Baker is the lead singer for St. John's-based indie rock band Hey Rosetta!, which is leading the way with seven nominations for this year's East Coast Music Awards. (CBC)

Nominations for the 2016 East Coast Music Awards were announced Tuesday in Nova Scotia, where legions of musicians are expected to arrive in Sydney for the five-day musical extravaganza in April.

Hey Rosetta!, an indie rock group based in St. John's, led the pack with seven nominations including album of the year, song of the year for Soft Offering (For the Oft Suffering) and entertainer of the year.

In the top album of the year category, Hey Rosetta! has competition in from Halifax-based Jenn Grant, who has six nominations in all.

Singer-songwriter Amelia Curran and indie folk band Fortunate Ones earned five nominations each, while singer-songwriter Mo Kenney and DJ Ryan Hemsworth each garnered four.

The 2016 East Coast Music Awards will be hosted by Ashley MacIsaac and Heather Rankin at Sydney's Centre 200 on April 14, and will be broadcast live on Eastlink. The awards will feature performances by Hey Rosetta!, Jenn Grant, Fortunate Ones, Natalie MacMaster and Ben Caplan, among others.

The 2016 East Coast Music Awards show will also feature a tribute to Ron Hynes, who died in November. (CBC)

Organizers say there will also be a tribute to singer-songwriter Ron Hynes, the Newfoundland and Labrador folk legend who died in November.

The public can now vote on their choices for entertainer of the year and video of the year on the Cape Breton Post website. Voting closes on March 16 at 5 p.m. AT.

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