With five mentions, pop vocalist Avril Lavigne leads the nominations for Canada's 2005 Juno Awards, which will take place April 3 in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Lavigne is nominated for artist and songwriter

With five mentions, pop vocalist Avril Lavigne leads the nominations for Canada's 2005 Juno Awards, which will take place April 3 in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Lavigne is nominated for artist and songwriter of the year, and her "Under My Skin" (Arista) is up for top album and top pop album. She is also nominated for the Fan Choice Award.

The runner-up, with four nominations, is Verve Records jazz diva Diana Krall. She is up for the Fan Choice Award and artist of the year, while her album "The Girl in the Other Room" is named in the categories of top album and top vocal jazz album.

Also nominated for artist of the year are Bryan Adams, k.d. lang and Celine Dion. Billy Talent, Great Big Sea, Simple Plan, Sum 41 and the Tragically Hip will fight it out for top group. Vying for top new artist are Keshia Chante, Fefe Dobson, Matt Dusk, Feist and Matt Mays.

Hosted by television star Brent Butt and televised nationally on CTV, the show is organized by the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. This year's event will feature performances by Billy Talent, K-OS, lang, Simple Plan and, as previously reported, Neil Young and the Tragically Hip.

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