Céline Dion is among the nominees for the Juno album of the year
Quebec singer will oppose the late Montreal singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen ( You Want It Darker ), Drake ( Views ) Shawn Mendes ( Illuminate ) and the Weeknd ( Starboy ) in the category. Drake, Shawn Mendes and the Weeknd will be the big favorites of the evening, with five nominations each, while Leonard Cohen and Alessia Cara follow them closely with four.
Yann Perreau ( Fantastic of the stars ), Karim Ouellet ( Trento ), Koriass ( Supreme Love ), Fred Fortin ( Ultramarr ) and Laurence Nerbonne ( XO ) are vying for a Juno for Francophone Album of the Year Gord Downie and his band Tragically Hip are also nominated in several categories. The singer is finalist for the songwriter of the year, the best alternative adult album and the best video clip. The band is in the running for the Juno group of the year and the best rock album. The Juno Awards will be held on April 2 at the Canadian Tire Center in Ottawa. The ceremony will be broadcast live at CTV.
Among the artists who will sing during the show are Shawn Mendes, Alessia Cara, Strumbrellas, Ruth B and A Tribe Called Red. A tribute to Sarah McLachlan will also be part of the ceremony. Michael Bublé must lead the evening, but his participation remains uncertain. Last November, the Canadian singer and his wife, Argentine actress Luisana Lopilato, announced that they would take a professional break to look after their three-year-old son, who is fighting cancer.