For once, just this once, Catherine Allan and Andrew James O'Brien of Fortunate Ones might not be rooting for Alan Doyle.
He's been a longtime mentor and friend, but it's a little hard to cheer for him to win an award for which you're also nominated.
Both Doyle and Fortunate Ones have been nominated for a 2016 JUNO for Contemporary Roots Album of the Year; Doyle for "Let's Go," and Fortunate Ones for "The Bliss," which has also earned them five East Coast Music Award nominations.
"We are over the moon, excited and thrilled. We are out celebrating as we speak," Allan told The Telegram after the JUNO nominees were announced Tuesday afternoon. "We're honoured to be nominated, especially in a category with Alan. He's a dear friend and has been incredibly supportive of us every step of the way."
St. John's-based children's band The Swinging Belles, featuring Erin Power, Laura Winter and Duane Andrews, have been nominated for the JUNO for Children's Album of the Year for "More Sheep, Less Sleep," and said they were "beyond thrilled." The album won the Belles the 2015 Canadian Folk Music Award for Children's Album of the Year.
"It's so amazing to be recognized for something you really put your hear and soul into," Winter said. "We are all deeply passionate about music and a nomination like this is so encouraging and so exciting."
Designer Duncan Major and photographer Joel Upshall have been nominated for the JUNO for Recording Package of the Year for Long Distance Runners' album "Elements," released last fall. The CD packaging includes a small square of film which, when slid over the album cover, makes images of fire, water, earth and air appear to move.
The Juno Awards will be held in Calgary March 28 to April 3.
The Weeknd garnered six nominations including JUNO Fan Choice, Single of the Year, Album of the Year, Artist of the Year, Songwriter of the Year and R&B/Soul Recording of the Year.
Close behind with five nods each were Drake and Justin Bieber, both running for JUNO Fan Choice, Single of the Year, Album of the Year and Artist of the Year. Drake also received a nomination for Rap Recording of the Year, while Justin Bieber was also nominated for Pop Album of the Year.
Vying for four categories each, Alessia Cara was nominated for JUNO Fan Choice, Single of the Year, Breakthrough Artist of the Year and R&B/Soul Recording of the Year.
Shawn Mendes was nominated for JUNO Fan Choice, Album of the Year, Artist for the Year and Pop Album of the Year.
Artists with three nominations each include:
° Buffy Sainte-Marie (Songwriter of the Year, Aboriginal Album of the Year, Contemporary Roots Album of the Year);
° City and Colour (Artist of the Year, Songwriter of the Year, Jack Richardson Producer of the Year);
° Tobias Jesso Jr. (Breakthrough Artist of the Year, Songwriter of the Year, Adult Alternative Album of the Year),
Click here for a complete 2016 JUNO Awards nominee list. For bios and hometown information, visit www.junoawards.ca.