Diana Krall and Michael Bubl_ Top Juno Award Nominations

Classic Arts News   Diana Krall and Michael Bubl_ Top Juno Award Nominations
Jazz vocalists Diana Krall and Michael Bubl_ are among the most-nominated artists for the Juno Awards, Canada's equivalent of the Grammys.

Krall's Christmas Songs and Bubl_'s It's Time were both nominated for album of the year, and both artists were nominated for the Juno Fan Choice Award and the artist of the year award. It's Time was also nominated in the pop category, while Christmas Songs was cited in the vocal jazz category.

Both Bubl_ and Krall were born in British Columbia, although Krall is now based in New York. It is the second year in a row in which Krall has vied with mainstream pop stars for the top awards at the Junos; last year, she won only in the vocal jazz category.

Paul Anka, an Ottawa native, was also nominated in the vocal jazz category for Rock Swings, a collection of jazz settings of rock and pop songs.

Classical nominees include pianist Marc-Andr_ Hamelin, nominated for a collection of music by Alb_niz; the Angela Hewitt, for two string quartets by Christos Hatzis; and pianist Angela Hewitt, for a collection of Bach concertos with the Australian Chamber Orchestra.

Among the nominees in the classical vocal category are soprano Isabel Bayrakdarian, for songs by Pauline Viardot-Garcia; tenor Michael Schade, for Schubert's Die sch‹ne M‹llerin; and tenor Russell Braun, for Schubert's Winterreise.

The Junos will be presented on April 2 in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

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