Canadian honors set for April 3.
With five mentions, singer/songwriter 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.
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.
Televised nationally on CTV, the show is organized by the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. This year's event, hosted by television star Brent Butt, will feature performances by Billy Talent, K-OS, lang, Simple Plan, Neil Young and the Tragically Hip.