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The Weeknd lead nominations at The JUNO Awards 2016

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The Weeknd lead nominations at The JUNO Awards 2016

The Weeknd lead the nominations at The 45th annual JUNO Awards.

The 'Can't Feel My Face' hitmaker received six nods, with Justin Bieber and Drake following closely behind with a potential five accolades in contention.

The Weeknd - real name Abel Tesfaye - will battle it out with the 'What Do You Mean?' singer and 'Hotline Bling' rapper for the Artist of the Year, Album of the Year and Single of the Year prizes.

The Weeknd is also up for Songwriter of the Year, the Juno Fan Choice trophy and R&B/Soul Recording of the Year for 'Beauty Behind the Madness'.

Other notable nominees - who are chosen by The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences with preference given to Canadian artists - include Shawn Mendes, who is up for Artist of the Year, the Juno Fan Choice Award and Album of the Year for 'Handwritten', and Adele, who is the running for a double for Video of the Year for 'Hello' and International Album of the Year for '25'.

Speaking about this year's nominations, CEO of the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences Allan Reid said: "It's been an absolutely phenomenal year for Canadian artists, here at home and around the globe. Just back in December, seven of the top 10 artists on the Billboard Hot 100 charts were Canadian. I've been in the industry longer than 25 years and I've got to say not since the 90s have we seen our artists dominate the charts like this. It's absolutely incredible."

The 45th annual JUNO Awards broadcast gala takes place Sunday, April 3 at the Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary.

The 45th annual JUNO Awards selected nominees:

JUNO FAN CHOICE AWARD

Alessia Cara

Carly Rae Jepsen

Cœur de pirate

Dean Brody

Drake

Justin Bieber

Shawn Hook

Shawn Mendes

The Weeknd

Walk Off The Earth

SINGLE OF THE YEAR

Here, Alessia Cara

Hotline Bling, Drake

What Do You Mean? , Justin Bieber

Clothes Off , Ria Mae

Can't Feel My Face, The Weeknd

INTERNATIONAL ALBUM OF THE YEAR

25, Adele

Hozier, Hozier

Title, Meghan Trainor

Four, One Direction

Dream Your Life Away, Vance Joy

ALBUM OF THE YEAR

If You're Reading This It's Too Late, Drake

À Paradis City, Jean Leloup

Purpose, Justin Bieber

Handwritten, Shawn Mendes

Beauty Behind the Madness, The Weeknd

ARTIST OF THE YEAR

City and Colour

Drake

Justin Bieber

Shawn Mendes

The Weeknd

GROUP OF THE YEAR

Hedley

Marianas Trench

Metric

Three Days Grace

Walk Off The Earth

BREAKTHROUGH ARTIST OF THE YEAR

Alessia Cara

Coleman Hell

Francesco Yates

Scott Helman

Tobias Jesso Jr.

BREAKTHROUGH GROUP OF THE YEAR

Dear Rouge

Half Moon Run

Milk & Bone

The Elwins

Young Empires

SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR

Abel Tesfaye

Béatrice Martin

Buffy Sainte-Marie

Dallas Green

Tobias Jesso Jr.

ALTERNATIVE ALBUM OF THE YEAR

Deep in the Iris, BRAIDS

Poison Season, Destroyer

Are You Alone?, Majical Cloudz

Half Free, U.S. Girls

Viet Cong, Viet Cong

POP ALBUM OF THE YEAR

Hello, Hedley

Purpose, Justin Bieber

Augusta, Scott Helman

Handwritten, Shawn Mendes

Sing It All Away, Walk Off The Earth

ROCK ALBUM OF THE YEAR

Get Up, Bryan Adams

The Physical World, Death From Above 1979

Chaotic Neutral, Matthew Good

No Fixed Address, Nickelback

Future Nostalgia, The Sheepdogs

VOCAL JAZZ ALBUM OF THE YEAR

New, Alex Pangman

Live from the Cellar, Dan Brubeck Quartet

Clear Day, Emilie-Claire Barlow

This Bitter Earth, Jaclyn Guillou

Some Version of the Truth, Tara Kannangara

RAP RECORDING OF THE YEAR

Sour Soul, BADBADNOTGOOD & Ghostface Killah

If You're Reading This It's Too Late, Drake

Kardi Gras Vol. 1: The Clash, Kardinal Offishall

Can't Fly Without Gravity, k-os

For The Town, SonReal

DANCE RECORDING OF THE YEAR

We All Fall Down ft. Jamie Lidell, A-Trak

Badman (Torro Torro Remix), Autoerotique & Max Styler

At All, Kaytranada

Save Me ft. Katy B, Keys N Krates

Be Right There, Sleepy Tom & Diplo

R&B/SOUL RECORDING OF THE YEAR

Four Pink Walls, Alessia Cara

The Fall Out, August Rigo

Déjà Vu, Dru

Butchy's Son, Patrick Lehman

Beauty Behind the Madness , The Weeknd

REGGAE RECORDING OF THE YEAR

The French Sessions, Dubmatix

Hello Mama, Exco Levi

Nah Complain ft. Daddy U Roy, Kafinal

Sexy Gal ft. T.O.K., Kreesha Turner

Escape from the Mongoose Gang, Lyndon John X

ABORIGINAL ALBUM OF THE YEAR

The One, Armond Duck Chief

Come and Get Your Love: The Tribe Session, Black Bear

Power In The Blood, Buffy Sainte-Marie

Rumble, Derek Miller

Refined, Don Amero

BLUES ALBUM OF THE YEAR

Faded But Not Gone, Big Dave McLean

Brothers In This World, Blackburn

Vicksburg Call, David Gogo

This Is From Here, Harrison Kennedy

Sliding Delta, Michael Jerome Browne

JACK RICHARDSON PRODUCER OF THE YEAR

Bob Ezrin

Dallas Green

Henry "Cirkut" Walter

Steve Webster & Emilie-Claire Barlow

Thomas "Tawgs" Salter

RECORDING PACKAGE OF THE YEAR

CLUB MEDS, Dan Mangan + Blacksmith - Cam Dales and Ben Clarkson

LOST VOICES, Esmerine - Clyde Henry Productions: Chris Lavis and Maciek Szczerbowski, Constellation: Ian Ilavsky

ELEMENTS, Long Distance Runners - Duncan Major, Joel Upshall

WEST TRAINZ, West Trainz - Erik West Milette

LES GRANDES ARTÈRES, Louis-Jean Cormier - Sarah Marcotte-Boislard

VIDEO OF THE YEAR

Virgins, Eva Michon (Death From Above 1979)

Dark Days, Jeremy Schaulin-Rioux and Chandler Levack (Pup)

For the Town, Peter Huang (Sonreal)

Avalanche, Philip Sportel (Kalle Mattson)

Hello, Xavier Dolan (Adele)

ELECTRONIC ALBUM OF THE YEAR

A Life Well Lived, AM Static

Concubine, Concubine

The Midas Touch, Discrete

Noontide, Humans

The Other Day, Pomo