50th anniversary Juno Awards

The Weekend attends the LA premiere of “Uncut Gems” at ArcLight Hollywood in Los Angeles on December 11, 2019. Justin Bieber and the Weeknd could be taking home some serious hardware at tonight’s Juno Awards. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Invision, Richard Shotwell


by David Friend

The Canadian Press

Times Colonist

June 7, 2021

TORONTO — Even without a red carpet, the Juno Awards found ways to march generations of Canadian stars through their 50th anniversary celebration on Sunday night.

From Shania Twain and Celine Dion to Kaytranada and Justin Bieber, many of the country’s most successful acts paid tribute to Canada’s biggest night in music from a distance, though one of the glaring absences also happened to be the biggest winner.

The Weeknd was named artist of the year while his “After Hours” was named album of the year, but the Toronto superstar didn’t show to accept his awards.

He had already won three 2021 Junos at a pre-broadcast ceremony on Friday, picking up best single for “Blinding Lights,” best contemporary R&B album for “After Hours” and best songwriter, resulting in a sweep of the top five categories. The triumph followed a surprising snub at the Grammy Awards, and repeats a feat The Weeknd achieved five years ago with his album “Beauty Behind the Madness.”

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  1. Way stupid awards on and no hockey who watches it anyway CBC is to blame all the way very disappointed in choosing the awards over hockey ???


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