Hedley, Drake Dominate Canada's MuchMusic Video Awards
Hedley, a Vancouver rock band that headlines arenas in Canada and has just released their new album in the U.S., not only kicked off the 25th anniversary broadcast of the MuchMusic Video Awards with a performance of their latest single, “Crazy For You,” but took home the most trophies of the night, for Video of the Year, Pop Video of the year and viewer-voted “Your Fave Video,” all for the song “Anything.”
Hip-hop star Drake, who was not in attendance, won Hip-Hop Video of the Year for “Worst Behavior” and International video of the year by a Canadian for “Hold On, We’re Going Home” feat.Majid Jordan. The rest of the winners had one a piece.
The MMVAs are one of the most unique awards show in the world, a giant street party in downtown Toronto, outside MuchMusic headquarters, where the block is filled with thousands of people who get to witness the two-hour concert-style event for free.
Hosting this year were reality TV stars Kendall and Kylie Jenner, half-sisters to the Kardashian ladies, who now have their own clothing line. Performers were a mix of international and homegrown talent, Lorde, Imagine Dragons, Ed Sheeran, Ariana Grande, and Canadians Kiesza, Sam Roberts Band, MAGIC! and Virginia To Vegas, featuring Alyssa Reid.
Presenters included Jena Malone (Hunger Games), Kelan Lutz (Twilight), Chloë Grace Moretz(Carrie, Dark Shadows, Hugo), Teen Wolf’s Colton Haynes, Mad Men’s Kiernan Shipka, andBitten’s Laura Vandervoort, alongside such Canadian acts as The Weeknd, Marianas Trench, Mia Martina, Victoria Duffield and Nikki Yanofsky.
While they weren’t in Toronto to accept the honor, Justin Bieber won the viewer-voted “Your Fave Artist” and Selena Gomez “Your Fave International Artist.” Lorde scored International Video of the Year - Artist for “Royals” and Imagine Dragon, ?International Video of the Year - Group ?for “Demons.” Sam Roberts Band nabbed Rock/Alternative Video of the Year for “Shapeshifters” and Dance Video of the Year went to Autoerotique’s “Asphyxiation.”
Other wins went to Amos LeBlanc and Ohji Inoue for Director of the Year for Thugli’s “Run This;” City and Colour’s “Thirst” for the Post-Production of the Year; and SonReal’s “Everywhere We Go” for MuchFACT Video of the Year.