Awards

The “MTV Europe Music Awards 2007” are set to explode on November 1 and now Canadians can catch all of the action as MTV and MuchMusic join forces to bring Europe’s biggest music event to Canada on television and online.

Canadians have two ways to watch the EMAs: the prime-time broadcast airs on MuchMusic, Thursday, Nov. 1 at 7 p.m. ET; hard-core fans who need their fix live can go to MTV.ca to see the show direct from Munich’s OlympiaHalle at 4 p.m. ET.

Hosted by hip hop’s finest, Snoop Dog, the EMAs promise to be one of the most exhilarating nights in music for 2007. The line-up for this year’s show is already a hot list of international stars and more performers are still to be announced.

Confirmed to date are Will.I.Am from the Black Eyed Peas and Pussycat Dolls’ lead singer Nicole Scherzinger (performing together for the first time) along with Avril Lavigne, Foo Fighters, Mika and My Chemical Romance. Complete details on the 2007 EMAs including nominee bios, photos, videos and latest news visit MTV.ca/ema. Immediately following the prime-time television broadcast, the EMAs will be available on-demand at MTV.ca/ema.

Justin Timberlake dominates the EMAs as he goes up for the Video Star Award for “What Goes Around”, Headliner Award, Ultimate Urban Act and Solo Artist of 2007. Amy Winehouse, Avril Lavigne, Beyoncé, Fall Out Boy, Linkin Park, My Chemical Romance, Nelly Furtado and Rihanna all have three nominations each.

It’s the battle of the females as Nelly Furtado, Avril Lavigne, and Rihanna join Justin Timberlake in the fight for the coveted best Solo Artist of 2007, while the guys in Linkin Park, My Chemical Romance and Fall Out Boy wrestle it out for the Rock Out Award.

Having just triumphed to the top of the charts with his album Graduation, Kanye West puts his gloves back on and returns to the ring for a second round with Justice. Nominated for the Video Star Award with “Stronger”, Kanye will go up against Justice for the second time at the EMAs. Following last year’s defeat, will Kanye be able to even out the score and take the Video Star trophy?

Presenters confirmed for the night include 2001 EMA winner Craig David, Depeche Mode front man Dave Gahan, pop punksters Good Charlotte, British songstress Joss Stone, REM megastar Michael Stipe, System Of A Down’s Serj Tankian, producer and frontman Wyclef Jean, Olympic tennis champ Boris Becker and soccer legend Oliver Kahn.

This year, Foo Fighters Dave Grohl and Taylor Hawkins add their personal twist as the events unfold throughout the evening from their exclusive bar at the EMAs. Grohl and Hawkins will give the audience a peep in to the behind the scenes news from the winners, presenters and guests, and will provide a perfect foil for Host Snoop Dogg.

Marilyn Denis and “CityLine” took top honours at the second night of The Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television “22nd Annual Gemini Awards” in Toronto last night.

Citytv’s “CityLine” won in the Best Lifestyle/ Practical Information Series category, beating nominees “On The Road Again”, “Opening Soon”, “Recreating Eden” and “The Heat with Mark McEwan”.

“CityLine” Host Marilyn Denis took home Best Host in a Lifestyle/Practical Information or Performing Arts Program or Series over J.R. Digs, Rick Mercer, Bryan Baeumler and Kevin Brauch.

This is Denis’ ninth Gemini nomination and third Gemini win.

Here are the winners of the 2007 Emmy Awards:

nb. Updated live as the results come in

Outstanding Drama Series
The Sopranos

Outstanding Comedy Series
30 Rock

Best Lead Actor in a Drama Series
James Spader, Boston Legal

Best Lead Actress in a Comedy Series
America Ferrera, Ugly Betty

Best Lead Actress in a Drama Series
Sally Field, Brothers & Sisters

Best Lead Actor in a Comedy Series
Ricky Gervais, Extras

Best Reality TV
The Amazing Race

Writing For A Comedy Series
Greg Daniels, The Office

Outstanding Directing in a Comedy Series
Richard Sheppard, Ugly Betty

Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program
Tony Bennett, Tony Bennett: An American Classic

Directing for a Miniseries or Movie
Philip Martin, Prime Suspect: The Final Act (Masterpiece Theatre)

Best Lead Actress, Miniseries or Movie
Helen Mirren, Prime Suspect: The Final Act (Masterpiece Theatre)

Best Made for Television Movie
Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee

Best Supporting Actress, Miniseries or Movie
Judy Davis, The Starter Wife

Directing for a Drama Series
Alan Taylor, The Sopranos

Writing for a Drama Series
David Chase, The Sopranos

Best Variety, Music or Comedy Series
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart

Best Miniseries
Broken Trail

Best Lead Actor, Miniseries or Movie
Robert Duvall, Broken Trail

Best Supporting Actress, Drama Series
Katherine Heigl, Grey’s Anatomy

Best Supporting Actor, Miniseries or Movie
Thomas Haden Church, Broken Trail

Best Supporting Actress, Comedy Series
Jaime Pressly, My Name Is Earl

Best Supporting Actor, Drama Series
Terry O’Quinn, Lost

Best Supporting Actor, Comedy Series
Jeremy Piven, Entourage

April 2, 2007

The 2007 JUNO Awards Attract 912,000 Viewers

Last night’s broadcast of The 2007 JUNO Awards on CTV finished with a national audience of 912,000 viewers*. Broadcast in High Definition and 5.1 Surround Sound from the Credit Union Centre in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, the two-hour special reached 3.7 million Canadians who tuned in at some point in the broadcast.

At 9 p.m. ET, 1.08 million viewers watched a special two-hour episode of The Amazing Race out of simulcast and airing on CTV.

“We’re proud of bringing the best of Canadian music to a national audience. Congratulations to Nelly and all the performers who dazzled in this two-hour show,” said Susanne Boyce, CTV’s President of Programming and Chair of the CTV Media Group. “Up against a ratings juggernaut in The Amazing Race on CBS, The 2007 JUNO Awards delivered a program we are extremely proud of.”

CTV’s half-hour pre-show eTalk at the JUNOS attracted 550,000 viewers for its red carpet arrivals special at 6:30 p.m. Hosted by Ben Mulroney and Tanya Kim, the star-studded special featured appearances by, among others, host Nelly Furtado, Nickelback, Jim Cuddy, Billy Talent, Hedley, Three Days Grace, Alexisonfire, Tomi Swick, Mobile, DJ Champion, Sloan and Keshia Chanté. eTalk continues their exclusive coverage of the 2007 JUNO Awards – including interviews from backstage in the exclusive eTalk Pontiac Lounge – with a 30-minute wrap-up special tonight from Saskatoon at 7 p.m. ET on CTV.

Highlights from the show are available now on The CTV Broadband Network at CTV.ca.

Media Note – Download photos from last night’s red carpet and the eTalk Pontiac Lounge at www.ctvmedia.ca

* Source: BBM Nielsen Media Research (Note: The 2006 JUNO Awards on CTV last year attracted a national Nielsen audience of 1.225 million viewers).

So i want everyone to know that my picks for the Junos this year are k-os and nelly furtado. K-OS should win because he is all about real hip-hop and that kind of musical genious of his should never be ignored. Nelly Furtado should win because she has still somehow retained a place in Canada even though she has absolutely blown away the American market. And why should she go big down south? That is the sign of a great artist – she can show her bod off on the music videos but still sing with the best of them at the awards shows.

I Hope you are all voting the same as me!!! or are you?

Toronto, ON (February 6, 2007) – The drum roll has begun! At the JUNO Awards press conference held today in Toronto, the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) announced the nominations for the 2007 JUNO Awards, Canada’s Music Awards, recognizing the year’s best in the Canadian recording industry. The celebration will reach its pinnacle during Juno Weekend when winners will be announced. The 2007 JUNO Awards will air on CTV, Sunday, April 1, from the Credit Union Centre in Saskatoon, SK.

“This is music at its best!” says Melanie Berry, CARAS President. “The diversity and calibre of home-grown talent represented across all 39 categories truly exemplifies the unparalleled artistry of Canada’s musicians and the distinction of the JUNO Awards.”

Leading the 2007 JUNO Award nominations are rock group Billy Talent, along with recording artists k-os and Nelly Furtado, all earning five nods each. Rock sensation Billy Talent shook Canadian audiences with the release of their debut self-titled album winning three JUNO Awards to-date. Continuing their red-hot success with their sophomore double-platinum album, Billy Talent II, the band is nominated for 2007 JUNO Awards in the categories of Single of the Year for “Devil In A Midnight Mass,” Album of the Year (sponsored by CRIA), Group of the Year, Rock Album of the Year as well as Video of the Year (sponsored by VideoFACT).

k-os, a nine-time JUNO Award nominee, swept all three of his nominations at the 2005 JUNO Awards winning Single of the Year, Rap Recording of the Year and Video of the Year. This year, Canada’s platinum-selling hip hop star is nominated in five categories for his critically acclaimed album Atlantis: Hymns For Disco that includes the hit single, “Sunday Morning.” He receives nods for Single of the Year, Songwriter of the Year, Pop Album of the Year, Jack Richardson Producer of the Year and Video of the Year (sponsored by VideoFACT).

Also receiving five JUNO Award nominations is Canadian and international superstar and Host of this year’s JUNO Awards, Nelly Furtado. Winner of five JUNO Awards to-date, she is nominated for the 2007 Juno™ Fan Choice Award (presented by Doritos), vying with fellow Canadian recording stars, Gregory Charles, Michael Bublé, Nickelback and Sarah McLachlan. Nelly is also nominated for Single of the Year for “Promiscuous” featuring Timbaland, as well as Album of the Year (sponsored by CRIA), Artist of the Year and Pop Album of the Year for her hit album Loose.

Breakout artists nominated for New Artist of the Year (sponsored by FACTOR and Canada’s Private Radio Broadcasters) include Canadian Idol’s Eva Avila and Melissa O’Neil, Neverending White Lights, Patrick Watson and Tomi Swick. This year’s nominees for New Group of the Year (sponsored by FACTOR and Canada’s Private Radio Broadcasters) include Evans Blue, Idle Sons, Jets Overhead, Mobile and Stabilo.

Québec recording luminary Gregory Charles, mentioned earlier for a Juno™ Fan Choice (presented by Doritos) nomination, is also up for Album of the Year (sponsored by CRIA) and Artist of the Year.

Other triple-nominees include Hedley (Album of the Year [sponsored by CRIA], Group of the Year and Music DVD of the Year); Malajube (Alternative Album of the Year, Francophone Album of the Year and CD/DVD Artwork Design of the Year [sponsored by Ever-Reddy Packaging]); and Sarah Harmer (Songwriter of the Year, Adult Alternative Album of the Year and Music DVD of the Year).

Alexisonfire is nominated for Group of the Year and CD/DVD Artwork Design of the Year (sponsored by Ever-Reddy Packaging) for their album, Crisis Ltd. Edition. Rockers Three Days Grace will also contend for Album of the Year (sponsored by CRIA) and Group of the Year.

Multiple JUNO Award winners, Diana Krall and Sam Roberts received two nominations each this year: Diana Krall for Artist of the Year and Vocal Jazz Album of the Year; Sam Roberts for Rock Album of the Year and Video of the Year (sponsored by VideoFACT) for the single “Bridge To Nowhere.”

Other artists receiving two nominations include Chantal Kreviazuk, David Braid, Garnet Armstrong, Harry Somers, Jim Cuddy, Loreena McKennitt, Mobile, Nickelback, Pierre Lapointe, Ron Sexsmith, Sarah McLachlan, Tomi Swick and Canadian Music Hall of Fame members, The Tragically Hip.

Heavy-hitters for this year’s JUNO Award International Album of the Year nominations include Dixie Chicks, Il Divo, Justin Timberlake, Madonna and Red Hot Chili Peppers.

A complete list of 2007 JUNO Award nominees, including biographies can be found online at www.junoawards.ca.

Broadcast in High-Definition and 5.1 Surround Sound, The 2007 JUNO Awards will be broadcast for the sixth year in a row on CTV, the official broadcast partner of the JUNO Awards. Since CTV joined forces with CARAS in 2001, the JUNO Awards has traveled across Canada, bringing a live, electrified stadium show to million of Canadians. Since going live from St. John’s in 2002, CTV has broadcast The JUNO Awards from Ottawa (2003), Edmonton (2004), Winnipeg (2005) and Halifax (2006).

In April 2006, 1.7 million Canadians watched Pamela Anderson host The 2006 JUNO Awards, 26 per cent more viewers than watched The Grammy Awards, making it the most-watched music awards program of the year. Previous hosts of The JUNO Awards include Brent Butt (2005), Alanis Morissette (2004), Shania Twain (2003) and Barenaked Ladies (2002).

First Performers Announced: Billy Talent, Three Days Grace to Rock The 2007 JUNO Awards, April 1 on CTV

Full Ticket Information Revealed:
— 500 Juno Early Bird Ticket Packages Available Saturday, February 3 —
— Individual Seats On Sale Saturday, February 10 —

Toronto, ON (January 30, 2007) – The first two acts to perform on CTV’s upcoming 2007 JUNO Awards broadcast were announced today, together with full details surrounding ticket sales for Canada’s Music Awards, airing Sunday, April 1 from Saskatoon’s Credit Union Centre. CTV together with the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) confirmed that Billy Talent and Three Days Grace have been named to the performance line-up. The Canadian rock acts are hugely popular both here and around the world and have been rocketing up the Canadian Rock charts recently. (See “About Billy Talent” and “About Three Days Grace” below).

Today’s news follows the January 16th announcement that Nelly Furtado will host The 2007 JUNO Awards on CTV, the biggest awards night in Canada. More performance slots will be announced next Monday, February 5 on the eve of a Toronto media conference announcing the nominees for The 2007 JUNO Awards the following day on Tuesday, February 6.

Individual tickets for The 2007 JUNO Awards will go on sale Saturday, February 10 at 11 a.m. ET. Ticket prices (limit four per person) range from $80 to $150 each (plus applicable taxes, service charges and facility fees).

“Billy Talent and Three Days Grace aren’t just Canadian artists – they are international stars from Canada,” said Susanne Boyce, CTV President of Programming and Chair of the CTV Media Group. “With their international success, landing these two groups is a great kick-off to what promises to be an exciting and eclectic JUNO Awards line-up.”
“We are very excited to welcome back to the JUNO Awards stage, Billy Talent and Three Days Grace, two amazing bands that rocked the 2004 JUNO Awards. We look forward to seeing what they have in store for us in Saskatoon!” said Melanie Berry, President of CARAS and an Executive Producer of the broadcast.

About Billy Talent
Toronto-based rockers Billy Talent (Warner Music Canada) confirmed today that they will interrupt their upcoming US Headlining Tour to appear on The 2007 JUNO Awards broadcast. Their self-titled major label debut in 2003 established the band as a pure fist-in-the-air rock n’ roll group. The album went triple platinum and garnered the band four Top 10 singles, one JUNO Award in 2004 for New Group of the Year (sponsored by FACTOR and Canada’s Private Radio Broadcasters) and two more in 2005 (Album of the Year and Group of the Year). The band has toured Canada, Europe and the U.S. playing in renowned rock festivals such as Warped and the UK’s Reading and Leeds festivals. In June 2006, band members Aaron Solowoniuk, Benjamin Kowalewicz, Ian D’Sa and Jonathan Gallant released their sophomore album Billy Talent II. The album, fuelled by hit singles “Devil In A Midnight Mass,” “Red Flag” and “Fallen Leaves,” debuted at No. 1 in Canada and has since reached double platinum status. The group is currently in the midst of a major-market Canadian tour and recently announced it will headline a15-city U.S. tour in March and April, 2007.

About Three Days Grace
As confirmed today by the band, currently in the heart of Texas where they are in the midst of a mammoth U.S. tour, Three Days Grace (SONY BMG MUSIC (CANADA) INC.) will once again take to the stage at The 2007 JUNO Awards in Saskatoon, SK, having previously performed at the JUNO Awards in 2004. Since being nominated for New Group of the Year (sponsored by FACTOR and Canada’s Private Radio Broadcasters) at The 2004 JUNO Awards and landing the Number 1 spot on Billboard’s Top Heatseekers Chart, Three Days Grace has gone nowhere but up. Their self-titled debut, Three Days Grace, rocked Canadian and U.S. charts and the album’s lead hit single, “I Hate Everything about You” reached No. 1 in the U.S. and No. 2 on the Canadian Mainstream, Alternative and Active Rock Charts. The band’s follow-up album, One-X, is on its way to double-platinum status with hit release singles “Animal I Have Become,” “Pain,” and “Never Too Late.” The band recently won Rock Single of the Year award at the Billboard Music Awards. TDG is comprised of Adam Gontier, Neil Sanderson, Barry Stock and Brad Walst.

First Performers Announced: Billy Talent, Three Days Grace to Rock The 2007 JUNO Awards, April 1 on CTV

Full Ticket Information Revealed:
— 500 Juno Early Bird Ticket Packages Available Saturday, February 3 —
— Individual Seats On Sale Saturday, February 10 —

Toronto, ON (January 30, 2007) – The first two acts to perform on CTV’s upcoming 2007 JUNO Awards broadcast were announced today, together with full details surrounding ticket sales for Canada’s Music Awards, airing Sunday, April 1 from Saskatoon’s Credit Union Centre. CTV together with the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) confirmed that Billy Talent and Three Days Grace have been named to the performance line-up. The Canadian rock acts are hugely popular both here and around the world and have been rocketing up the Canadian Rock charts recently. (See “About Billy Talent” and “About Three Days Grace” below).

Today’s news follows the January 16th announcement that Nelly Furtado will host The 2007 JUNO Awards on CTV, the biggest awards night in Canada. More performance slots will be announced next Monday, February 5 on the eve of a Toronto media conference announcing the nominees for The 2007 JUNO Awards the following day on Tuesday, February 6.