Juno Noms Announced; Drake, Arcade Fire and Bieber Lead

Juno Noms Announced; Drake, Arcade Fire and Bieber Lead
This morning (February 1), the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) announced the nominees for the 2011 Juno Awards. Coming off an incredible 2010, hip-hop star Drake has received the most nods this year with six nominations.

Drizzy, who will host the awards, picked up noms for Album of the Year (Thank Me Later), Artist of the Year, Songwriter of the Year, Rap Recording of the Year, and Single of the Year ("Find Your Love"). He's also up for the Fan Choice Award.

Indie giants Arcade Fire also made a big impression with their juggernaut The Suburbs. The acclaimed album helped the Montreal outfit snag nods for Album of the Year, Group of the Year, Alternative Album of the Year and Songwriter of the Year.

Rounding out the Album of the Year category are Hedley (The Show Must Go On), country singer Johnny Reid (A Place Called Love) and our favourite mop-topped, Best Coat-befriending teen, Justin Bieber (My World 2.0).

Some other notable noms are Owen Pallett, Karkwa, Tokyo Police Club and Broken Social Scene, all of whom are up for Alternative Album of the Year.

Perhaps the biggest WTF moment in the list is electronic music veteran Caribou's nomination for New Artist of the Year. Really?

You can check out the full list of nominations here. The Junos take place at Toronto's Air Canada Centr on March 27. Among the confirmed performers are Arcade Fire, Hedley, Down With Webster, Broken Social Scene and Johnny Reid.