Juno Awards 2016: The Weeknd Wins Big; Arcade Fire, Drake, Justin Bieber, The Guess Who
Mon, 04 Apr 2016 16:03:11
Last night, April 3rd, the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences held the 45th annual Juno Awards in Calgary, AB. Among the artists up for awards were Drake, the Weeknd, Tobias Jesso Jr., Majical Cloudz, Destroyer, and Adele.
Arcade Fire were awarded the Allan Waters Humanitarian Award, which Régine Chassagne accepted on behalf of the band at the Juno Awards Gala Dinner, on Saturday, April 2. In her speech, Chassagne spoke about her Montreal childhood as the daughter of Haitian immigrants. She also discussed the Arcade Fire's decision to share ticket revenue with the non-profit, Partners In Health, Pitchfork reports. The band began donating a dollar for every ticket sold to their shows in 2006. Since then they've raised over $4 million, trained volunteers, and have been outspoken supporters of humanitarian efforts in Haiti.
Also at the Gala, several other awards were given, including Rap Recording of the Year, which went to Drake for If You're Reading This It's Too Late. Death From Above 1979 won Rock Album of the Year for The Physical World. Justin Bieber won Pop Album of the Year for Purpose.
Toronto's Abel Tesfaye a.k.a. The Weeknd was the night's big winner. The Weeknd won Artist of the Year, Songwriter of the Year, Single of the Year for "I Can't Feel My Face," and his Beauty Behind the Madness won him both Album of the Year and R&B/Soul Recording of the Year.
Adele took home International Album of the Year for 25.
The Guess Who frontman Burton Cummings was honored with a Juno for being inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame on Friday.
The CBC reported, "After a video montage that outlined his illustrious career, Cummings walked onto the stage to a standing ovation that left him with tears in his eyes."
He dedicated his award to Winnipeg before paying tribute to his late mother, who died two years ago.
"I think she's up there looking down. Look, mom! Look what I got," Cummings said. Cummings closed out the show with an energetic performance of his greatest hits.For more on the Weeknd, check out:
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—The ARTISTdirect Staff
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