HALIFAX — Nova Scotia-based rapper Classified and Prince Edward Island pop-folk trio The East Pointers lead the nominations for the 35th East Coast Music Awards, with six each.
Classified's Retrospected is nominated for album of the year, and both he and The East Pointers are up for entertainer of the year and video of the year.
Newfoundland and Labrador country singer-songwriter Jason Benoit's five nominations include album of the year — for Time Traveller: Side A — entertainer of the year and Indigenous artist of the year.
Singer-songwriter David Myles, musical duo Madison Violet, musician Andrew Waite and singer-songwriter Lisa LeBlanc each have four nominations.
Musical artists from Nova Scotia — outside Cape Breton — earned the most nominations, with 86, followed by artists from Newfoundland and Labrador with 58, New Brunswick with 40, P.E.I. with 29, and Cape Breton with 20.
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In addition to Benoit, nominees for Indigenous artist of the year are Deantha Edmunds, Gearl, Morgan Toney and Silver Wolf Band.
Aquakultre, Jah'Mila, Maggie Andrew, Owen O'Sound Lee and Zamani Folade earned nominations for African Canadian artist of the year, while Caroline Savoie, Laurie LeBlanc, Les Hôtesses d'Hilaire, Lisa LeBlanc, Plywood Joe and P'tit Belliveau will compete for francophone recording of the year.
Song of the year nominees include Adam Baldwin for “Lighthouse in Little Lorraine,” Andrew Waite for “Ain’t Goin’ Out Like That,” and Braden Lam for “Silence feat. Wolf Castle.”
This report by The Canadian Press was first published Jan. 24, 2023.
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