On the strength of her debut Let Go, Avril Lavigne leads the nominees for the 2003 Juno Awards, Canada's version of the Grammys, with nods in six categories, including album, single, new artist and songwriter of the year, as well as one for the inaugural Juno fan's choice award. Lavigne's half-dozen nominations are one more than Shania Twain earned for Up. Twain will also host the ceremony, to take place April 6th at Ottawa's Corel Center.
Pop diva Celine Dion, rock combo Our Lady Peace and soul crooner Remy Shand received four Juno nominations apiece, while Alanis Morissette is up for three. Pianist and singer Diana Krall earned two nods, and Nickelback and buzz-bin punks Hot Hot Heat are nominated for one each. This year's inductees into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame are singer-songwriter Tom Cochrane, of "Life Is a Highway" fame, and Nettwerk Music Group CEO Terry McBride.
Lavigne and Twain, both Ontario natives, also lead the list of performers for the awards show. Right now, they're not scheduled to duet at the Corel Center, but if they did, it wouldn't be a first. In 1999, at the same venue, the then-unsigned Lavigne sang onstage with Twain after winning a radio contest.
Our Lady Peace, Shand, hip-hop crew Swollen Members, and singer-songwriter Sam Roberts are also confirmed to play.