Toronto:Alessia Cara and Drake are leading for Music Video Awards with seven nominations each

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Alessia and Drake are leading the pack heading into the iHeartRadio Canada Much Music Video Awards next month.

The Toronto rapper and the Brampton, Ont.  pop sensation are tied with seven nominations apiece, including nods for video of the year for Drake’s “Hotline Bling” and Alessia’s “Here.”

Alessia is also nominated in the newly created best new Canadian artist category, alongside Coleman Hell, Dan Talevski, Jazz Cartier and Ria Mae.

Last year’s four time winner  will have the chance to add to his trophy haul.

The Toronto R&B hitmaker  whose real name is Abel Tesfaye  is tied with singer songwriter Shawn Mendes for six nominations apiece.

First time nominees include former One Direction member turned solo star Zayn, DJ duo The Chainsmokers, Haitian-Canadian musician Kaytranada and indie rock group The Strumbellas.

American supermodel Gigi Hadid will be hosting this year’s distant cast on June 19 alongside Much personalities Liz Trinnear and Tyrone Edwards.


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