Juno Awards Announce 2013 Nominees: Japandroids, Grimes, the Weeknd, Metric

Juno Awards Announce 2013 Nominees: Japandroids, Grimes, the Weeknd, Metric
Once again, that time of year has rolled around when Canada's very own Juno Awards has announced the nominees for 2013. As usual, though, the list of noms is likely to illicit the usual mix of groans and cheers.

Leading the way with the most nominations this year is Carly Rae Jepsen (with five), followed by Justin Bieber (four), Metric (three, plus a producer nod for member James Shaw), the Sheepdogs (three), Hedley (three), Marianas Trench (three), Céline Dion (three), and Leonard Cohen (two).

On the indie front, nominees for Alternative Album of the Year are Hannah Georgas, Japandroids, Metric, Said the Whale and Stars. As for Adult Alternative Album of the Year, the contenders are Bahamas, Kathleen Edwards, Royal Wood, Serena Ryder, and the Barr Brothers.

In the running for Breakthrough Artist of the Year are Cold Specks, Elisapie, Grimes, Kira Isabella and the Weeknd. Breakthrough Group of the Year, meanwhile, is another intriguing field, with Hey Ocean!, Monster Truck, the Pack A.D., Walk Off the Earth and Yukon Blonde vying for the prize.

In hip-hop, Classified, JD Era, Madchild, Maestro Fresh Wes and Rich Kidd/SonReal are up for Rap Recording of the Year. In electronic music, Crystal Castles, Daphi (aka Caribou's Dan Snaith), Grimes, Purity Ring and Trust are all up for Electronic Album of the Year. And in heavier fare, Cancer Bats, Castle, Devin Townsend Project, Ex Deo and Woods of Ypres are in the running for Metal/Hard Music Album of the Year.

On the folkie side of things, nominated for Roots & Traditional Album of the Year: Solo are Amelia Curran, Annabelle Chvostek, Corb Lund, Old Man Luedecke and Rose Cousins. And up for Roots & Traditional Album of the Year: Group are Elliott BROOD, Great Lake Swimmers, Le Vent du Nord, the Strumbellas and the Wooden Sky.

Rush and the Tragically Hip are both nominated for Rock Album of the Year alongside Billy Talent, the Sheepdogs and Big Wreck, while Drake got a Juno Fan Choice Award nod, deadmau5 is up for Artist of the Year, and Arkells are in contention for Songwriter of the Year.

See the full list of nominees right here.

The 42nd annual instalment of the Juno Awards will take place on April 21 at the Brandt Centre in Regina, SK. It will be hosted by Michael Bublé, and k.d. lang will be inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame.

While not all the live performers for the ceremony have been announced yet, Carly Rae Jepsen, Billy Talent, Marianas Trench and Michael Bublé are all set to perform.

The ceremony will be preceded by Juno Week, which runs from April 15 to 21 and includes Junofest concerts, the Juno Songwriters' Circle, and more. Read more about the festivities over at the Junos' website.