Blame Canada

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Juno

The nominees for the 2006 Juno Awards– Canada’s version of the Grammys– were announced today, and as usual, they were the funniest thing to come out of Canada since Jim Carrey.

There’s been a lot of talk over the past couple of years about the Montreal music scene. Bands like the like the Arcade Fire, The Stills, Stars, and Wolf Parade put the city on the map (that’s a metaphor. To the best of my knowledge, at press time there are still no actual maps of Canada.) Anyway, when the Juno Awards were announced I kind of expected that the new, hip Canadian acts that dominated college radio would be well represented. Well, they weren’t. Instead, the band who earned the most nominations was… Nickelback.

It gets worse…

I mean, to get an idea of just how funny this Awards show is, look at the Juno Fan Choice Award (presented by Doritos). NickelbackSimple PlanDiane KrallMichael Buble…and… Celine Dion!

Yes. That Celine Dion.

It gets better? Guess who’s up for Group of the Year. No, not the New Pornographers the Barenaked Ladies!!!The last time these guys performed live was on the InStyle Guide To Celebrity Weddings special on ABC when they played at Jason Priestley’s wedding, but apparently that’s enough to earn them a nomination. Um… wait… did I just admit to watching that show? Pretend you didn’t read that.

I won’t pick these nominations apart for too much longer. I mean, even here in the U.S. our award shows are far from perfect… but I can’t go without at least mentioning one last thing: this year, Bryan Adams is being inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame.

And I’ll just leave it at that.