Carly Rae Jepsen dominates Juno Awards
No maybes about it — Carly Rae Jepsen was the big winner at Sunday’s Juno awards.
The pop star, who had garnered five nominations, took home three trophies, including best album for Kiss and best single for her uber-hit, Call Me Maybe.
"I'm moved beyond words," said Jepsen backstage. "It's an incredible feeling. Being at home and being recognized in a country that made me it's the greatest feeling ever."
The Mission, B.C., native also won best pop album Saturday night at a non-televised gala ceremony.
Jepsen, 27, was stopped in her tracks for a sweep by none-other-than 78-year-old Leonard Cohen who picked up artist of the year on Saturday, along with songwriter of the year during the TV broadcast.
Cohen, who had a show in St. John’s Sunday night, had his trophy picked up by presenter son Adam Cohen who joked: “I feel so used.”
In the fan choice of the year category, Jepsen lost to superstar Justin Bieber. That was the only award the 19-year-old hitmaker snagged, despite four nominations.
The Biebs — who’s been having a rough time on his European tour — also lost to Cohen for artist of the year and to Jepsen for best pop album and best album.
Jepsen's reaction to beating Bieber in three categories?
"It's a shared thing for us for the fact that he has really been my main supporter," said Jepsen, who said she will undertake her first Canadian headlining tour this summer.
"He signed me with Scooter Braun to School Boy Records and because of that I was able to make the record Kiss ... So I have nothing to say to him other than thank you and I know that's he's been rooting for me as much as for his own self. It's more of a shared triumph."
Group of the year honours went to Vancouver pop-punk act Marianas Trench, besting the likes of prog-rock trio Rush who were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this week.
Rush, however, didn’t go home empty-handed, winning best rock album Saturday night for Clockwork Angels.
Monster Truck was named best breakthrough group, trumping such acts as Walk Off the Earth, who became YouTube sensations last year with their version of Gotye’s Somebody That I Used To Know.
Mumford & Sons picked up the prize for international album of the year for Babel.
Toronto-based singer-songwriter Serena Ryder’s Harmony won adult alternative album of the year over critical faves like Kathleen Edwards’ Voyageur and Bahamas’ Barchords.
“I’m almost started crying before I left my seat, that’s not cool,” said Ryder when she got on stage.
Besides Cohen the only other double Juno winner was Toronto R&B star The Weeknd, who won best breakthrough artist and best r&b-soul recording for Trilogy.
Also with reason to celebrate? Indie rockers Metric, whose Synthetica won best alternative album. Band member James Shaw won the Jack Richardson producer of the year award and Justin Broadbent won best recording package, both for their work on Synthetica.
Also Saturday night, East coast rapper Classified took home hardware for best rap recording for Inner Ninja featuring David Myles, Vancouver artist Grimes won electronic album of the year for Visions, and the team responsible for The Tragically Hip’s Bobcaygeon won music DVD of the year.
The Juno broadcast saw performances by host Michael Buble, Jepsen, Metric, Hannah Georgas, Ryder, Billy Talent, Marianas Trench, The Sheepdogs and the Canadian Music Hall of Fame inductee k.d. lang.
Lang was inducted by presenter Anne Murray saying of the Snowbird singer: “I had the biggest crush on her - I still do.”
“I think the fact that I’m standing here receiving this award actually says more about Canada than it does about me,” she continued. “‘Cause only in Canada could there be such a freak as k.d. lang receiving this award. ... Only in Canada could there be people like Stompin’ Tom Connors and Rita MacNeil ... It is OK to let your freak flags fly and embrace the quirkmeister that is in all of us.”
JUNO FAN CHOICE AWARD
SINGLE OF THE YEAR
Carly Rae Jepsen, Call Me Maybe
ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Carly Rae Jepsen, Kiss
GROUP OF THE YEAR
BREAKTHROUGH GROUP OF THE YEAR
SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR
ADULT ALTERNATIVE ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Serena Ryder, Harmony
INTERNATIONAL ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Mumford & Sons, Babel
ARTIST OF THE YEAR
BREAKTHROUGH ARTIST OF THE YEAR
COUNTRY ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Johnny Reid, Fire It Up
ALTERNATIVE ALBUM OF THE YEAR
POP ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Carly Rae Jepsen, Kiss
ROCK ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Rush, Clockwork Angels
VOCAL JAZZ ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Emilie-Claire Barlow, Seule ce Soir
CONTEMPORARY JAZZ ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Joel Miller, Swim
TRADITIONAL JAZZ ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Murley, Bickert & Wallace, Test of Time
INSTRUMENTAL ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Pugs & Crows, Fantastic Pictures
FRANCOPHONE ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Louis-Jean Cormier, Le treizième étage
CHILDREN'S ALBUM OF THE YEAR
The Stella and Sam Album, ft. Emilie Mover, Emilie Mover
CLASSICAL ALBUM OF THE YEAR: SOLO OR CHAMBER ENSEMBLE
Amici Chamber Ensemble, Levant
CLASSICAL ALBUM OF THE YEAR: LARGE ENSEMBLE OR SOLOIST(S) WITH LARGE ENSEMBLE ACCOMPANIMENT
Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto, James Ehnes
CLASSICAL ALBUM OF THE YEAR: VOCAL OR CHORAL PERFORMANCE
Prima Donna, Karina Gauvin
CLASSICAL COMPOSITION OF THE YEAR
Vivian Fung, Violin Concerto
RAP RECORDING OF THE YEAR
Classified, Inner Ninja ft. David Myles
DANCE RECORDING OF THE YEAR
Anjulie, You and I
R&B/SOUL RECORDING OF THE YEAR
The Weeknd, Trilogy
REGGAE RECORDING OF THE YEAR
Exco Levi, Storms of Life
ABORIGINAL ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Crystal Shawanda, Just Like You
ROOTS & TRADITIONAL ALBUM OF THE YEAR: SOLO
Rose Cousins, We Have Made A Spark
ROOTS & TRADITIONAL ALBUM OF THE YEAR: GROUP
Days Into Years, Elliott BROOD
BLUES ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Steve Strongman, A Natural Fact
CONTEMPORARY CHRISTIAN/GOSPEL ALBUM OF THE YEAR
I Have A Dream (It Feels Like Home), The City Harmonic
WORLD MUSIC ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Lorraine Klaasen, Tribute to Miriam Makeba
JACK RICHARDSON PRODUCER OF THE YEAR
RECORDING ENGINEER OF THE YEAR
RECORDING PACKAGE OF THE YEAR
Justin Broadbent (Art Director/Designer/Photographer), Synthetica - METRIC
VIDEO OF THE YEAR
Director X, HYFR, Drake
MUSIC DVD OF THE YEAR
Bobcaygeon, Andy Keen, Bernie Breen, Patrick Sambrook, Shawn Marino, The Tragically Hip
ELECTRONIC ALBUM OF THE YEAR
METAL/HARD MUSIC ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Woods of Ypres, Woods 5: Grey Skies & Electric Light
ADULT CONTEMPORARY ALBUM OF THE YEAR
The Tenors, Lead With Your Heart
ALLAN WATERS HUMANITARIAN AWARD
CANADIAN MUSIC HALL OF FAME
WALT GREALIS SPECIAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
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