The Weeknd and Alessia Cara are hot at the 2016 MuchMusic Video Awards in Toronto

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The nominees for the 2016 MuchMusic Video Awards have just been announced, with Alessia Cara, The Weeknd and Drake once again repping the best of Canadian new music at the Toronto ceremony

Nominees for the 2016 MuchMusic Video Awards have just been announced, and like the Juno and Billboard Music awards before it, Canada's new music luminaries are set to shine again. Set for June 19 in Much's Toronto headquarters, this year's ceremonies comes on the heels of a breakout few months for Canadian artists. Not only was Drake's Views released late last month, but Toronto's own The Weeknd was featured on Beyoncé's Lemonade, one of the few artists to have the honour. And the artist otherwise known as Abel Tesfaye will be among the top-list Canadian artists represented at the ceremonies with six nominations, including Best Video of the Year for his featured role in Belly's "Might Not," Best Single of the Year for "Can't Feel My Face" and also as the most buzzworthy Canadian artist of the year.

But contrary to form, The Weeknd wasn't even the most-nominated artist at this year's ceremony, with Ontario's Alessia Cara and Drake succeeding him in that distinction, each garnering seven nods. The news comes at a timely moment in Drake's career, having recently released his fourth studio album Views. And these noms, including Best Video of the Year and Best Hip-Hop Video for "Hotline Bling," cap the month off. Cara isn't having such a bad year herself since the release of her first LP Know-It-All last November. Her breakout single "Here" also got a mention in the Best Video of the Year category, as well as for Best Pop Video. And being on the vanguard of today's Canadian artists in the wake of Drake, it isn't surprising that Cara would be named alongside her fellow Torontonians Drake and The Weeknd as one of the most buzzworthy Canadian artists of the year.

Source: Forbes