Even with out a purple carpet, the Juno Awards discovered methods to march generations of Canadian stars by their fiftieth anniversary celebration on Sunday night time.
From Shania Twain and Celine Dion to Kaytranada and Justin Bieber, most of the nation’s most profitable acts paid tribute to Canada’s largest night time in music by sharing music and recollections from a distance.
One of many obtrusive absences additionally occurred to be this yr’s largest winner.
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The Weeknd picked up artist of the yr whereas his After Hours was named and album of the yr. However the Blinding Lights celebrity didn’t flip as much as settle for his awards.
The Toronto singer had already gained three Junos at a pre-broadcast ceremony on Friday, bringing his 2021 tally to 5.
A number of different huge winners have been additionally absent from the Junos golden anniversary.
Shawn Mendes was chosen by viewers because the fan alternative winner, although he didn’t log in for the honour.
And although Justin Bieber carried out Any person from Los Angeles in a kaleidoscopic presentation, he didn’t present to simply accept his pop album win for Adjustments.
Others did, nevertheless, together with pop balladeer JP Saxe who was named breakthrough artist.
“I’ve by no means given a speech like this earlier than,” stated the surprised newcomer as he bumbled by a few sentences earlier than getting his bearings and thanking his father, and his girlfriend and co-writer Julia Michaels.
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The Toronto-raised Saxe turned a radio favorite final yr for the duet If the World Was Ending, which he performs Michaels.
Savannah Re gained for conventional R&B/Soul recording for Stable.
Members of the Tragically Hip have been offered with this yr’s humanitarian award by Rush’s Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson. They mirrored on the Kingston, Ont., band’s many years of philanthropic work, which incorporates supporting Camp Trillium and the Particular Olympics, in addition to psychological well being assist within the music trade.
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“The highlight that’s been so generously centered on our band for the final 30-plus years has supplied us with a myriad of alternatives,” stated Hip guitarist Rob Baker.
“We’ve at all times felt that it was our duty to mirror that mild again and produce some illumination to the place it is perhaps wanted.”
Anne Murray ushered Jann Arden into the Canadian Music Corridor of Fame, a belated induction that was speculated to occur final yr.
Talking from her East Coast dwelling, Murray mirrored on the Insensitive singer’s compassionate persona.
“Not solely is she humorous and a tremendous singer-songwriter, she’s additionally a tremendous human being,” Murray stated.
“Any time I’ve known as upon her she’s been there for me. She is heat, witty, variety, compassionate and wears her coronary heart on her sleeve.”
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Arden, who began by joking she was “too younger” for the honour, paid tribute to her late mom Joan Richards who died in 2018 after an extended battle with Alzheimer’s illness and carried out the music Good Mom.
Beneath the sheen of the Junos celebration was an acknowledgment that Canada is within the midst of a reckoning with its remedy of Indigenous peoples.
Buffy Sainte-Marie opened the present on a sombre be aware by addressing the latest discovery of what’s believed to be the stays of 215 youngsters buried at a former Kamloops, B.C., residential college.
She stated whereas the information could also be “stunning to some folks and a revelation” it isn’t shocking to Indigenous folks.
“The genocide fundamental to this nation’s delivery is ongoing and we have to face it collectively,” she added.
“And I ask in your compassion.”
The Kamloops discovery was acknowledged briefly by the Hip in addition to Susan Aglukark spoke in Inuktitut to Indigenous households confronted with one other tragedy.
“We grieve with you and we wish you to know that they won’t be forgotten,” she stated.
Kardinal Offishall led viewers by a journey of Canadian hip hop historical past to mark the thirtieth anniversary of the rap recording class.
Maestro Recent Wes made an look with Let Your Spine Slide earlier than Michie Mee, Jully Black, Nav and Haviah Mighty and rounded out the generations of artists who’ve usually gone underrecognized on the awards present.
The Junos initially hoped to mark their fiftieth anniversary with an occasion at Toronto’s Scotiabank Area, however Ontario’s COVID-19 restrictions put an finish to that purpose. As an alternative, organizers introduced they’ll return to Toronto for subsequent yr’s present.
Listed here are the winners introduced on Sunday:
Conventional R&B/Soul Recording Of The 12 months — Stable, Savannah Ré
Artist of the 12 months — The Weeknd
Breakthrough Artist of the 12 months — JP Saxe
Album of the 12 months — After Hours, The Weeknd
Pop Album of the 12 months — Adjustments, Justin Bieber
Juno Fan Selection — Shawn Mendes
For a full record of winners, go to the official Junos web site.
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