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It was an enormous night time in Edmonton on Monday as Canada’s music royalty descended on Rogers Place for the 52nd annual Juno Awards .
Not solely was one of the best of one of the best in Canadian music collectively in a single room, however there have been f-bombs dropped, weight thrown and a few legit explosions all through the two-hour ceremony.
“We’re stay from the house of the Oilers and Connor McDavid, Edmonton’s different mayor,” quipped Marvel star Simu Liu who returned to host the Juno Awards for the second yr in a row.
Avril Lavigne was within the crowd with nominations in 5 classes — single, album, pop album, artist of the yr and fan alternative.
Earlier than calling her up on stage, Liu carried out a medley of her most recognizable hits together with sk8erboi + girlfriend + I’m With You. Lavigne not solely grooved alongside however recorded the efficiency earlier than taking the stage herself to welcome rapper and Punjabi music producer AP Dhillon.
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However earlier than she might end, a topless, interloping activist jumped the stage. With out skipping a beat, Lavigne dropped an f-bomb whereas telling her to get off the stage. Later when Lavigne returned to simply accept the fan alternative award for the fourth time in her profession, she gave the gang a good warning.
“If anybody tries something, the Canadian in me will come out and I’ll f–okay a b—tch up.”
Fan favorite, certainly.
When requested after the present about a few of her most memorable Juno moments within the final 20 years, she identified the apparent incident earlier within the night.
“That’s positively taking place as one of many highlights,” she assured.
Throughout Saturday’s early Junos, Blue Rev, the acclaimed newest album by Toronto band Alvvays, fronted by Molly Rankin of Mabou, gained different album of the yr.
Enfield’s Labeled (Luke Boyd) was within the working for rap album of the yr for Retrospected (Acoustic) and eclectic Halifax musician Wealthy Aucoin was nominated for digital album of the yr for Artificial Season One however neither took residence the trophy.
A tribute celebrating the fiftieth anniversary of hip hop wasa huge spotlight. The start of hip hop is credited to DJ Kool Herc utilizing two flip tables at a back-to-school get together his sister threw within the Bronx in 1973.
Kardinal Offishall, a veteran of the Canadian rap group who got here up via the Toronto underground scene within the mid-‘90s, and younger rapper Haviah Mighty, the primary feminine to win rap album of the yr for her 2021 launch Inventory Alternate, co-hosted the present. The rappers traversed the a long time since and Canada’s contributions to the style.
Feminine rap pioneer Michie Mee carried out Jamaican Funk, which she initially launched in 1990. Mel Boogie was on the turntables whereas Maestro Contemporary Wes, Dream Warriors, Choclair and others rapped via the chronology to the current day. The newest technology of rappers consists of TOBi, who not solely carried out on the Rogers stage however took residence rap album of the yr for the second time in his younger profession.
However the night time’s crowning glory was Nickelback being formally inducted into the Canadian Music Corridor of fame. Oilers captain McDavid did the honours of giving the gang an summary of the rock band’s profession that began greater than 20 years in the past within the small southern city of Hanna, Alberta.
Whereas they gave the nice and cozy, prerequisite acceptance speech, the second of fact got here because the newly-minted corridor of famers took the stage because the night time’s ultimate act. Surrounded by their signature pyrotechnics, Nickelback ignited an eruption from the gang that backed them, phrase for phrase, as they labored via a medley of hits. The collective quantity was unprecedented and what lead singer Chad Kroeger later known as a “second of redemption.”
With nearly all of the Juno awards handed out at a non-public ceremony on Saturday, the televised present is all in regards to the leisure.
Tenille Townes took the 2023 nation album of the yr for her most up-to-date launch Masquerades, and in addition took the stage. In 2004 she made the journey down from her residence in Grand Prairie along with her grandparents and watched the Junos in Edmonton from the second-last row of the nosebleeds. There, a dream of in the future enjoying right here on the Juno stage was seeded and Monday night time, that dream got here to fruition whereas performing a medley of her singles The place are You and The Sound of Being Alone to the Edmonton.
Jessie Reyes took residence up to date R n’ B recording of the yr for her album Yessie, her third time taking that title. Preston Pablo gained breakthrough artist of the yr, and The Weeknd added album of the yr for Daybreak FM to his already lengthy record of 2023 artist of the yr, single of the yr for Sacrifice, pop album and songwriter of the yr.
All of the performances had been hearth on the stage awash within the cherry-red gentle of the overhead Juno branding. Tate McCrae kicked issues off along with her single he’s all I wanna be whereas wearing a full swimsuit of pvc matching the brilliant lights. And Aysanabee, one among Canada’s hottest rising stars nominated for up to date Indigenous artist or group of the yr, carried out We Had been Right here (It’s in My Blood) from his 2022 album Watin with Northern Cree, the collective nominated for conventional Indigenous group of the yr.
A whole record of the 2023 winners could be discovered at junoawards.ca .
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