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Arcade Fire, Bieber vie for MMVAs

Montreal alt-rockers Arcade Fire will compete against pop sensations Avril Lavigne and Justin Bieber for the fave artist honour at the Much Music Video Awards.
Down With Webster, shown performing at the Juno Awards on March 27, have four nominations for the MuchMusic Video Awards. (Darren Calabrese/Canadian Press)

Montreal alt-rockers Arcade Fire will compete against pop sensations Avril Lavigne and Justin Bieber for the fave artist honour at the Much Music Video Awards.

The fan-voted category also includes rapper Drake and for Down with Webster, a Toronto rap-rock band who had a hit with their single, Whoa is Me.

The MMVAs, the raucous awards gala that closes a section of downtown Toronto for two days in June,  announced its nominations on Tuesday. Down with Webster scored a leading four nominations, including video of the year and pop video for Whoa is Me. The group is also a contender for the fan-voted fave video category.

"This is huge," Down With Webster vocalist  Cam Hunter said in an interview on MuchMusic following the announcement. "We're on fire right now."

Fefe Dobson and Shawn Desman matched Down with Webster with four MMVA nominations, while Toronto rapper JDiggz and pop-R&B crooner Danny Fernandes will vie for three each.  

Dobson, a Toronto-area pop singer, is a finalist for fave video and for international video by a Canadian artist for Stuttering, which she performed last year on the CW TV series Hellcats.

Bruno Mars will perform at the MMVAs and is nominated for best international video. (Associated Press)

Desman, a Toronto R&B singer, is hailed in the fave video and pop video categories for his single Electric/Night Like This.

Drake, who earned multiple Juno nominations but no award this year, is competing for international video by a Canadian and most-watched video.

Juno-winner Shad is a nominee  in the best rap video category for Rose Garden,vying against K'naan, Classified, P. Reign and Belly for the honour. 

Fans can also vote for their fave international video, choosing from:

  • Bruno Mars for Just the Way You Are.
  • Lady Gaga for Born This Way.
  • Selena Gomez for A Year Without Rain.
  • Eminem and Rihanna for Love the Way You Lie.
  • Britney Spears for Till the World Ends.

Lady Gaga, Mars, Lavigne, the Black Keys and City and Colour are set to play the MMVAs, which take place June 19 in Toronto. Teen star Gomez, currently dating Bieberwill host the ceremony.

With files from The Canadian Press

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