Classified, David Myles, Matt Mays, JRDN up for Juno Awards

Haley Ryan, Metro Halifax
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HALIFAX - Many people pop champagne or have a fancy dinner to celebrate good news, but David Myles takes a walk.

Classified, right, poses with the Juno after winning for Rap Recording of the Year during the 2013 Juno Gala, Dinner and Awards in Regina. David Myles, left, collaborated with Classified on the song he won for.

On Tuesday, Myles and Enfield rapper Classified were two of the multiple Haligonians nominated for the Juno Awards in March, thanks to their runaway hit Inner Ninja.

Myles was home in Halifax for a few days in between tour dates when he saw on Twitter that Inner Ninja had been nominated up for single of the year.

“I’m out for a walk in Point Pleasant Park right now. I thought I’d celebrate,” Myles said as wind whistled through the phone.

Other local nominees include Dartmouth’s Matt Mays for rock album of the year, JRDN (Halifax’s Jordan Croucher) for R&B/soul recording of the year, and Halifax’s Ryan Hemsworth for electronic album of the year.

Classified and Myles already have a Juno for Inner Ninja, which took last year’s best rap recording.

“It’s been such a great year for that song. It just keeps on going, which is really, really fun for me and Class,” Myles said.

“To see all sorts of people respond to it has been amazing, especially across the genres.”

Looking at their competition, Myles said it’s “insane” to be in the same category as hugely successful acts like Michael Buble and Arcade Fire.

“If you kind of compare the number of followers between me and anyone on that list … it’s ridiculous,” Myles said with a laugh. “Buble is millions.”

“That’s partly because of the collaboration with Classified. It’s amazing what he’s done this year.”

Classified picked up a second nomination for rap recording of the year, and Halifax’s Henry “Cirkut” Walter was nominated for songwriter and producer of the year.

Country star Dean Brody was nominated for country album of the year for the third time. He doesn’t put much faith in “third time’s the charm,” but said a little luck can’t hurt.

After six years down in Nashville, Brody calls Chester, Nova Scotia home now but said everywhere in Canada feels nice after being away for so long.

The Canadian Country Music Awards really understand his style, Brody said, but it’s cooler to get a Juno nod because they come from a “completely different direction.”

“They’re totally unique and of themselves, and they’re both great honours,” Brody said.

See a full list of the nominations here.

The 2014 Juno’s are set for March 30 in Winnipeg, and will feature performers like Robin Thicke, Serena Ryder, Tegan and Sara, and Walk Off the Earth.

Geographic location: Point Pleasant Park, Dartmouth, Nashville Chester Nova Scotia Canada Winnipeg

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