Last night, Canada's Juno awards were given out in Halifax, Nova Scotia. The awards were established to recognize Canadian talent, which is why a number of people were miffed about the top-billing of non-Canadians Coldplay and Black Eyed Peas at the awards. I don't really see why it's a big deal, since these were definitely rare exceptions to the rule. All around, there was plenty of Canadian content.
Nevertheless, it was a pretty weird event. Pamela Anderson hosting? Mmm'kay... Although she was barely even on stage during the night. Buck 65 somehow ended up in the position of announcer. Again, that's pretty weird. Then we had the two controversial international acts conveniently tie for best international album. Also, Chris Martin managed to fumble almost every single line he had to read from his teleprompter when he introduced Bryan Adams. That was actually really funny though, so I'm kind of glad he messed up.
I guess the big story of the night was crooner Michael Buble, who took home four awards. Every time we tuned in, the guy seemed to be on stage to either accept another award or to perform (he sang his big ballad single, "Home"). Although none of us were huge fans, we were happy to cheer on Buble as long as he kept beating Nickelback in their categories. Go Michael!
Some of the more interesting categories:
Best alternative album: Broken Social Scene, Self-titled
Best rock album: Nickelback, All the Right Reasons
Best rap recording: K'naan, The Dusty Foot Philosopher
Best adult alternative album: Neil Young, Prairie Wind
Best songwriters: Arcade Fire
Best group: Nickelback
Best new group: Bedouin Soundclash
Best new artist: Daniel Powter
Best video: Buck 65, Devil's Eyes (Micah Meisner)
Hall of fame: Bryan Adams
Best international album: tie between Coldplay and Black Eyed Peas (wtf?)
Fan choice award: Simple Plan
[mp3] Broken Social Scene - Superconnected
[mp3] Neil Young - No Wonder
[mp3] Arcade Fire - Neighbourhood #3 (Power Out)
* Read more about the Junos here.
* Buy music by Broken Social Scene, Neil Young, Arcade Fire