The nominations behind this year's East Coast Music Awards were announced this morning (February 18), with rapper Classified, folkster David Myles and pop-rockers Paper Lions leading the fray with six nominations apiece. The Atlantic Canada-celebrating event will be held April 6 during the Eastlink East Coast Music Awards Gala at Charlottetown's PEI Convention Centre.
Veteran hip-hop figure Classified's self-titled LP has been nominated for Album of the Year, along with Old Man Luedecke's Tender Is the Night, David Myles' In the Nighttime, Paper Lions' My Friends and the now-defunct Two Hours Traffic's swan song Foolish Blood. Classified also squares off against Ambition, Kayo, Quake Matthews and the Caravan in the Rap/Hip Hop Recording of the Year, and has racked up noms in the Fan's Choice Video of the Year.
While Myles and Classified are squaring off against each other in certain categories, they also have combined nods to celebrate. Classified's "Inner Ninja," which features Myles, is up for Song of the Year, and Myles' "So Blind," which features a guest spot from Classified, is putting him up for Songwriter of the Year.
The Folk Recording of the Year category has Myles' Nighttime running against Old Man Luedecke again, as well as Stephen Fearing's Between Hurricanes, Acres and Acres' Truth & Sky, and Amelia Curran's Spectators.
Saluted in the Loud Recording of the Year are Atlantic acts Billie Dre & The Poor Boys, Black Moor, Death Valley Driver, Orchid's Curse and Rapid Alloy. Nominations were given to Hermitofthewoods, In Dreams, Joshua Van Tassel, PINEO and Scientists of Sound in the Electronic Recording of the Year category.
The Pop Recording of the Year category features Kim Wempe, Mo Kenney, Paper Lions, the Heavy Blinkers and Two Hours Traffic, while Rock Recording of the Year includes Rain Over St. Ambrose, the Motorleague, the Tom Fun Orchestra, the Town Heroes and the Trews.
Other categories include the interactive Fan's Choice Entertainer of the Year and Fan's Choice Video of the Year awards, which can be voted on by the public starting tomorrow (February 19) until March 27. Info on how to vote will soon be up over here.
As for the rest of the nominees, running from classical and jazz categories to industry awards celebrating visual artists, sound engineers, venues and more, you can get the lowdown over here.