2012 Juno Nominations Are In, William Shatner Named Host

Nominees for the 2012 Juno awards were announced this morning, and it appears as if it’s going to be a fight between a few major Canadian acts.

The Album of the Year award has Drake facing off against Justin Bieber, Michael Buble, Nickleback and Avril Lavigne.  Justin Bieber and Michael Buble’s albums are their Christmas additions that came out late last year.  The Artist of the Year category is also one that should be an interesting fight with City and Colour up against Deadmau5, Drake, Feist and Michael Buble.

Jim Cuddy told that being nominated for the Junos  “means something to everybody, whether they acknowledge it or not. Whether you’re an established artist or a new artist, the hype around the telecast is definitely important for all of the nominees.”

The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences also announced that William Shatner would be hosting the April 1st event.    “I’m so pleased to be a part of THE JUNO AWARDS,” he said in a press release. “To be part of Canada’s entertainment industry is a point of pride.”

“A true Canadian icon, we are thrilled to welcome the man and the legend, William Shatner, as host of THE 2012 JUNO AWARDS broadcast,” said Phil King, President CTV Programming and Sports said. “A recording artist himself, Mr. Shatner will bring his irreverent sense of humour and love for his home country to his role as host of Canada’s Music Awards.”

For a complete list of nominees for the 41st Annual Juno Awards check out

The 2012 Juno Awards air on Sunday, April 1 from Scotiabank Place in Ottawa.

Photo Courtesy of CTV

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