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Singer and songwriter Damhnait Doyle has garnered seven East Coast Music Award nominations including female artist and songwriter of the year.

Most of the attention is focused on the Newfoundland-based artist's Hyperdramatic CD released earlier this year, featuring the single Tattooed.

New Brunswick's Julian Austin isn't far behind with five nominations, including male and country artist of the year.

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The awards will be presented in Charlottetown on Feb. 11. Here are the nominees for the 2001 East Coast Music Awards, as announced yesterday:

Male Artist: Cory Tetford, John Curtis Sampson, Julian Austin, Lennie Gallant, Matt Minglewood.

Pop/Rock Artist/Group: Damhnait Doyle, Dave Carmichael, Holly Cole, Marie-Jo Therio, Mir.

Blues Artist/Group: Hot Toddy, Isaac, Blewett and Cooper, Lisa MacDougall, The Blues Merchants, The Carson Downey Band.

Female Artist: Damhnait Doyle, Denise Murray, Holly Cole, Mary Jane Lamond, Shirley Eikhard.

Alternative Artist/Group: Arlibido, Flush, Madhat, Shyne Factory, The Heavy Blinkers.

Instrumental Artist/Group: Este Mundo, Ian MacKinnon and Gayle H. Martin, Melissa Gallant, Natalie MacMaster, Tracey Dares and Paul K. MacNeil.

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Group of the Year: Barra MacNeils, Grand Derangement, Sloan, Sons of Maxwell, The Ennis Sisters, The Fables.

Gospel Artist: Fellowship Quartet, New Wine, Ninth Hour, St. Anthony Daniel Senior Parish Choir, The LaPointes.

Jazz Artist/Group: Alive and Well, Diane Alcorn, Jive Kings, Russ Brannon, Shirley Eikhard.

Country Artist/Group: J. R. Vautour, Julian Austin, Randy J. Martin, Rod Jackson, Stompin' Tom Connors.

Classical Recording: Georg Tintner, Jasper Wood, Newfoundland Symphony Youth Choir, Peter Allen, Rhapsody Quintet.

Roots/Traditional Group: Groupe Blou, Madrigal, Shanneyganock, The Ennis Sisters, The Punters.

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Roots/Traditional Artist: Buddy McMaster, Dave Gunning, Denis Ryan, Lennie Gallant, Lina Boudreau.

Video of the Year: Anne Murray ( Let There Be Love), Damhnait Doyle ( Tattooed) and ( Never Too Late), Great Big Sea ( Everything Shines), Holly Cole ( Make It Go Away), Tara MacLean ( If I Fall).

New Artist/Group: Jessica Rhaye, Celtic Tide, Ivan Hicks, Lisa MacDougall, The Carson Downey Band.

Entertainer of the Year: Julian Austin, Kilt, Matt Minglewood, Natalie McMaster, The Fables.

Children's Artist/Group: Anastasia DesRoches, Theresa Doyle, Word Monster.

Urban Recording: 44 North-63 West (Various artists), Annick Gagnon (Annick Gagnon), Vertex (Buck 65), 50-50 Where it Counts (Sebutones), The Psyche Continuum (Sixtoo).

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Francophone Recording: Danse dan les flames (Grand Derangement), Rythm'n Blou (Groupe Blou), D'un extreme à l'autre (Loup Noire), La Maline (Marie-Jo Therio), Liquide (Real Pelletier).

Album: Racket in the Attic (Barra MacNeils), Grace (Cory Tetford), Hyperdramatic (Damhnait Doyle), Lennie Gallant Live (Lennie Gallant), A Time (The Fables).

SOCAN Songwriter: Cory Tetford ( Blind), Damhnait Doyle ( Tattooed), Glen Simmons ( Down East Day), Julian Austin-Daniel LeBlanc ( Forever Loving You), Lennie Gallant ( Pieces of You), Gordie Sampson-Fred Lavery ( Get Me Through December).

Bluegrass Artist/Group: Atlantic Newgrass Project, Birch Mountain Bluegrass Band, Blacks Mountain, Janet McGarry, Rustic Harmony.

African-Canadian Artist/Group: Artists of the 44 North-63 West compilation, Dutch Robinson, Linda Carvery, Sheldon Gordon.

Aboriginal Artist/Group: George Paul and the Red Ochre Band, Harry Martin, The Flummies.

Single of the Year: Tattooed (Damhnait Doyle), Eveything Shines (Great Big Sea), Make It Go Away (Holly Cole), Take the Money and Run (Julian Austin), Get Me Through December (Natalie MacMaster).

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