The Weeknd takes home two awards on opening night of Juno Awards

The Weeknd continues to dominate its pop music, winning a pair of awards on the opening night of this year’s Juno Awards.

More than 40 awards were presented in the ceremony last night (May 14), held at the Metro Toronto Convention Center in the capital Ontario, which took place one day before the main Juno Awards event tonight (May 15). ).

Among the original awards, The Weeknd (real name Abel Tesfaye) took home Songwriter of the Year for the third time and Contemporary R&B Record of the Year for the third time for “Take My Breath”, from his most recent album. there, “Dawn FM”.

Another big winner is Charlotte Cardin, a Canadian pop, electro and jazz singer whose debut album ‘Phoenix’ was released last year and topped the Canadian Albums Chart for two consecutive weeks.

Cardin won three awards – Artist of the Year, Single of the Year for ‘Nonsense’ and Pop Album of the Year for ‘Phoenix’. She is the first female artist to win Artist of the Year since Serena Ryder eight years ago; she’s also the first female solo artist to win single of the year for a solo record since Carly Rae Jepsen 9 years ago with ‘Call Me Maybe’.

Charlotte Cardin
Charlotte Cardin. CREDIT: Frank Hoensch / Redferns

Olivia Rodrigo’s ‘Sour’ won International Album of the Year. The 19-year-old pop star received her award via video. You can see the full list of opening night winners here.

Tonight’s Juno Awards main event will be broadcast on CBC-TV, CBC Gem, CBC Radio One, CBC Music and CBC Listen. The show will also stream globally on the CBS Music website alongside Facebook, YouTube, and CBC Music’s Twitter pages.

Shawn Mendes will be honored with a special International Achievement Award to celebrate his global influence in music. Deborah Cox – best known for her ’90s R&B hits ‘Nobody’s Supposed To Be Here’ and ‘Sentimental’ – will be inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame, making her the first Black female artist to receive it. get this honor.

The JUNOS is an award given annually to Canadian artists and bands to recognize their artistic and technical achievements in all areas of music. New members of the Canadian Music Hall of Fame were also introduced as part of the ceremony.

Meanwhile, The Weeknd recently took to Twitter to praise Ariana Grande’s production skills following a viral tweet about female producers. The Weeknd takes home two awards on opening night of Juno Awards

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