Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Drake and Deadmau5 among those vying for top honours

When the careers of celebrities take them all around the world, they often come to appreciate adoration from hometown fans most of all. Last month we applauded two artists for their Grammy Award nominations, Hip-Hop  & rap sensation Drake, and DJ/producer Deadmau5, each up for three award nods, to be presented Sunday on CBS.

Announced February 7th, a plethora of the Canadian music industry's top stars will be at Ottawa's ScotiaBank Place for the 2012 Juno Awards celebration. The ceremony, presented by the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS), will be hosted this year by the one and only William Shatner.

The beloved Canadian icon will serve as a bit of a departure from the show's traditional choice of hosts. For the past two years, Drake himself has emcee'd. Shatner, known best for his iconic roles as Star Trek's Captain James T. Kirk and Boston Legal's Denny Crane, has proven he can hold his own in front of a live audience. We saw it when he was the keynote guest for Toronto's Fan Expo spotlights, he was a highlight during Canada's Tribute at the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics and most recently in his documentary The Captains.

Drake and Deadmau5 will compete against one another in two categories for the Junos: Juno Fan Choice Award and Artist of the Year. They will also compete in separate categories, Drake, in Album of the Year and Rap Recording of the Year for "Take Care" and Dedmau5 in the category of Dance Recording of the Year for "Aural Psynapse".

On April 1 check your local listings and watch the Juno's live on CTV to see who wins.

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