The Juno Awards are the Canadian equivalent of the Grammys, only Arcade Fire nominations are more an expectation than a surprise. This year, Win Butler and co. are up for four awards, including Album of the Year, Group of the Year, and Songwriter of the Year.
Canada’s other indie powerhouse, Broken Social Scene, scored nominations for Group of the Year, Alternative Album of the Year, and Music Video of the Year.
Rapper Drake is also a big winner, as he netted nominations for Album of the Year, Artist of the Year, Songwriter of the Year, Rap Recording of the Year, and Single of the Year.
Other acts who earned nominations include Caribou, Basia Bulat, Owen Pallett, Tokyo Police Club, and Shad.
Neil Young, who is up against Justin Bieber for Artist of the Year (really), will also receive the 2011 Allan Waters Humanitarian Award. The award recognizes an outstanding Canadian artist whose humanitarian contributions have positively enhanced the social fabric of Canada.
You can find the complete list of nominees here. Winners will be announced on March 27th. The ceremony will also feature performances by Arcade Fire and Broken Social Scene.