Artists grab five nods each.
With five nominations each, rapper k-os and R&B chanteuse Jully Black lead the list of nominees for the 2005 Canadian Urban Music Awards. The event, organized by the Urban Music Association of Canada, will take place in Toronto on Nov. 28-29.
In addition to his nomination in the Fan's Choice Award category, EMI Music Canada's k-os racked up nominations for top hip-hop recording and video for "Crabbuckit," as well as top songwriter and top producer honors.
Black's single, "This is Me," from her Universal Canada debut, "Sweat of Your Brow," earned nominations for top R&B/soul recording, top video and top dance/electronic recording for remixes of the song by Trackheadz and
Tricky Moreira. Black was also named in the top new artist category.
"Canadian Idol" judge Farley Flex will be honored at the event with a Special Achievement Award for raising the profile of urban music in Canada. Flex, now managing Canadian acts Toya Alexis, Gary Beals and In Essence, helped launch urban stations in Toronto, Calgary and Edmonton.
A Lifetime Achievement Award will go to jazz drummer Archie Alleyne, co-band leader of Toronto jazz collective Kollage. Alleyne has played with artists including Billie Holiday, Nancy Wilson, Mel Torme, Joe Sealy and Liberty Silver during his 50-year career.
For a full list of nominees, visit www.umac.ca