Canada's biggest night of music has come and gone, and what a night it was. The Juno Awards took place in Winnipeg last night (April 3rd), with host Brent Butt kicking off the night in a very styling cat suit. The Junos even left Canada for a spot: from Winnipeg, Australian, Keith Urban, introduced k-os' performance with Canadian, Sam Roberts, who was in Sydney, Australia, via satellite.
Overall, the night was a celebration of Canada's lush musical history, with a tribute to the city of Winnipeg performed by Burton Cummings, Randy Bachman, Chantal Kreviazuk, and The Waking Eyes, among others. Sadly, Neil Young was unable to perform at the Junos, as he's out of action after suffering an aneurysm and subsequent brain surgery. Here's hoping he gets well soon.
It was great to see the addition of the Adult Alternative Album category this year, with Sarah Harmer walking away with the statue. Singer/songwriter Feist was both a performer and recipient, singing "Mushaboom" and winning Alternative Album and New Artist of the Year (despite not really being new). Unsurprisingly, Ron Sexsmith took Best Songwriter, and even less surprisingly, Avril Lavigne was given the Fans' Choice Award.
Best Rock Album went to Canada's resident pop-punkers Sum 41, while critical darling k-os took home trophies for Rap Album and Single of the Year and newcomer Greg Sczebel won Contemporary Christian Recording. Rock quartet Billy Talent were honoured with the rather prestigious Group and Album of the Year awards, while Ms. Lavigne, who was absent, took Artist of the Year.
For a full list of winners from both the Saturday and Sunday night ceremonies, go to www.junoawards.ca.
Some of the winners of the 2005 Juno Awards are:
Single of the Year: k-os "Crabbuckit"
Album of the Year: Billy Talent "Billy Talent"
Artist of the Year: Avril Lavigne
Group of the Year: Billy Talent
New Artist of the Year: Feist
New Group of the Year: Alexisonfire
Pop Album of the Year: Avril Lavigne "Under My Skin"
Rock Album of the Year: Sum 41 "Chuck"
Adult Alternative Album of the Year: Sarah Harmer "All Of Our Names"
Alternative Album of the Year: Feist "Let It Die"
Songwriter of the Year: Ron Sexsmith
Rap Recording of the Year: k-os "Joyful Rebellion"
Country Recording of the Year: George Canyon "One Good Friend"
Francophone Album of the Year: Marie-Elaine Thibert "Marie-Elaine Thibert"
Vocal Jazz Album of the Year: Diana Krall "The Girl in the Other Room"
R&B/Soul Recording of the Year: Keisha Chante "Keisha Chante"
Aboriginal Recording of the Year: Taima "Taima"
Roots & Traditional Album of the Year - Group: The Wailin' Jennys "40 Days"
Contemporary Christian Recording of the Year: Greg Sczebel "Here To Stay"
International Album of the Year: Green Day "American Idiot"
Fan Choice Award: Avril Lavigne
Writer: Jaclyn Arndt