Justin Bieber has won awards in the U.S. and other countries. Now he could win a major music award in Canada. He's up for four, should win at least two.
The nominees for Canada's 2011 Juno Awards, essentially the Canadian equivalent of the Grammy Awards in the States, were announced Feb. 1 and Justin Bieber has four nominations. The Canadian superstar does not have the most nominations however, that belongs to a fellow Canadian superstar, Drake, with six.
The Junos will be in Toronto on March 27. Last year Bieber was not yet fully on his incredible trajectory to fame at the time of last year's Junos and though nominated for 3 did not win one. He lost in the Best New Artist category to Drake, who is hosting the show this year. For 2011 Bieber is up for Album for the Year, Artist of the Year, the Fan Choice Award and the Best Pop Album for My World 2.0.
Neil Young, Arcade Fire, Sarah McLachlin
It's a lock Bieber will win at least the Best Pop Album Award and likely the Fan Choice Award. Though there are only other Canadians up for most Juno awards there is still heavy competition in all the categories. For the Album of the Year and Artist of the Year he's up against the likes of Neil Young, Drake, Sarah McLachlin and the Montreal indie band, Arcade Fire.
The Juno Awards do honor non-Canadian talent with a International Album of the Year. Last year it was won by Kings of Leon with Only by the Night. This year the artists up for that award are Eminem, Lady Antebellum, Taylor Swift, Ke$ha and Katy Perry. Eminem won the category in 2003 and in 2001 he won the Best Selling Album (Foreign or Domestic).
Bieber to Win First Big Awards in Canada
If he were to win a Juno it will be the first time Bieber' has won a major music award in his home country. To date this year he's won 4 MTV Video Music Awards, 4 Teen Choice Awards and 4 American Music Awards (AMA) in the U.S. At the AMA awards he won the coveted Artist of the Year over Ke$ha, Lady Gaga, Eminem and Katy Perry.
The 16-year-old singer - he'll be 17 by the time of the 2011 Juno Awards - has also won awards in Italy, Europe overall, Brazil, the Philippines, major International music awards and awards in other countries. He is twice nominated for the upcoming Peoples Choice Awards and is up for the Best Pop Vocal Album and Best New Artist Grammy Awards.