And the Juno goes to…
The 81-year-old actor opened the Juno awards with a bang, posing as a rock star strapped with an electric guitar and accompanied by three backup singers, Shatner danced his way through a medley of rock hits.
Vancouver artists did well at this year’s Juno awards with Dan Mangan, indie-folk singer-songwriter, winning two Junos for New Artist of the Year and Alternative Album of the Year in recognition of his third album, Oh Fortune. Mangan was nominated for four Junos. Hedley, who performed, won a Juno for Pop Album of the Year. The band from BC have received 18 nominations over the last six years, but only won two Junos in their career. Sultry crooner Micheal Buble won the prestigious Album of the Year award for his bestselling Christmas album. Buble was in Brazil for a concert, but sent a heartfelt message via video to fans thanking them for their support. He now has a total of 11 Juno awards.
Teen idol Justin Bieber won the Fan Choice award, which is determined by public voting, while Drake and Melanie Fiona both won their first Juno awards, but they weren’t in town to accept it. Feist and Sheepdogs took home three Junos each.
Kiran Ahluwalia, who is originally from India and now resides in Toronto, won World Music Album of the Year for Aam Zameen: Common Ground. She is known for her unique musical arrangements of ancient Persian and Punjabi Ghazals.
Performances by Nickelback, Hedley, Simple Plan and Feist rocked the house, with Deadmau5 closing the night with his techno beats and the crowd chanting his name.
Here is a complete list of Juno 2012 award winners:
JUNO FAN CHOICE: Justin Bieber
SINGLE OF THE YEAR: The Sheepdogs, “I Don’t Know.”
ALBUM OF THE YEAR: Michael Bublé, Christmas.
ARTIST OF THE YEAR: Feist
NEW ARTIST OF THE YEAR: Dan Mangan
SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR: Dallas Green for “We Found Each Other” and “Weightless,” from Little Hell.
DANCE RECORDING OF THE YEAR: Martin Solveig and Dragonette, “Hello.”
INTERNATIONAL ALBUM OF THE YEAR: Adele, 21.
NEW GROUP OF THE YEAR: The Sheepdogs.
GROUP OF THE YEAR: Arkells
COUNTRY ALBUM OF THE YEAR: Terri Clark, Roots and Wings.
ADULT ALTERNATIVE ALBUM OF THE YEAR: Feist, Metals.
ALTERNATIVE ALBUM OF THE YEAR: Dan Mangan, Oh Fortune.
POP ALBUM OF THE YEAR: Hedley, Storms.
ROCK ALBUM OF THE YEAR: The Sheepdogs, Learn & Burn.
VOCAL JAZZ ALBUM OF THE YEAR: Sonia Johnson, Le carré de nos amours.
CONTEMPORARY JAZZ ALBUM OF THE YEAR: Phil Dwyer Orchestra featuring Mark Fewer, Changing Seasons.
TRADITIONAL JAZZ ALBUM OF THE YEAR: David Braid, Verge.
INSTRUMENTAL ALBUM OF THE YEAR: Stretch Orchetstra, Stretch Orchestra.
FRANCOPHONE ALBUM OF THE YEAR: Malajube, La caverne.
CHILDREN’S ALBUM OF THE YEAR: Charlie Hope, Songs Stories and Friends: Let’s Go Play!
CLASSICAL ALBUM OF THE YEAR, SOLO OR CHAMBER ENSEMBLE: Marc André Hamelin, Liszt Piano Sonata.
CLASSICAL ALBUM OF THE YEAR, LARGE ENSEMBLE OR SOLOIST(S) WITH LARGE ENSEMBLE ACCOMPANIMENT: Alexandre Da Costa/Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal, Daugherty: Fire and Blood.
CLASSICAL ALBUM OF THE YEAR: VOCAL OR CHORAL PERFORMANCE: Jan Archibald/Orchestre Symphonique Bienne/Thomas Rosner, Haydn Arias.
CLASSICAL COMPOSITION OF THE YEAR: Derek Charke, “Sepia Fragments,” Sea to Sea.
RAP RECORDING OF THE YEAR: Drake, Take Care.
R&B/SOUL RECORDING OF THE YEAR: Melanie Fiona, Gone and Never Coming Back.
REGGAE RECORDING OF THE YEAR: Exco Levi, Bleaching Shop.
ABORIGINAL ALBUM OF THE YEAR: Murray Porter, Songs Lived & Life Played.
ROOTS AND TRADITIONAL ALBUM OF THE YEAR, SOLO: Bruce Cockburn, Small Source of Comfort.
ROOTS AND TRADITIONAL ALBUM OF THE YEAR, GROUP: The Wailin’ Jennys, Bright Morning Stars.
BLUES ALBUM OF THE YEAR: MonkeyJunk, To Behold.
CONTEMPORARY CHRISTIAN/GOSPEL ALBUM OF THE YEAR: Downhere, On the Altar of Love.
WORLD MUSIC ALBUM OF THE YEAR: Kiran Ahluwalia, Aam Zameen: common ground.
JACK RICHARDSON PRODUCER OF THE YEAR: Brian Howes for Hedley, “Heavens Gonna Wait” (from Storms) and Nickelback, “Trying Not to Love You” (from Here and Now).
RECORDING ENGINEER OF THE YEAR: George Seara for Michael Kaeshammer, “A Little Bit of Love” (from Kaeshammer) and Laila Biali, “Let Go” (from Tracing Light).
VIDEO OF THE YEAR: The Sadies, “Rumbleseat,” directed by Mike Roberts.
MUSIC DVD OF THE YEAR: Feist:Look What the Light Did Now.
ELECTRONIC ALBUM OF THE YEAR: Tim Hecker, Ravedeath, 1972.
METAL/HARD MUSIC ALBUM OF THE YEAR: KEN mode, Venerable.
WALT GREALIS LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD: Gary Slaight
ALLAN WATERS HUMANITARIAN AWARD: Simple Plan
***Image Courtesy of the Juno Awards 2012