With three awards, Avril Lavigne led the pack at Canada's 34th Annual Juno Awards, held last night (April 3) at Winnipeg's MTS Centre. Lavigne, who is currently on tour in Asia, won artist of the year

With three awards, Avril Lavigne led the pack at Canada's 34th Annual Juno Awards, held last night (April 3) at Winnipeg's MTS Centre. Lavigne, who is currently on tour in Asia, won artist of the year and the Juno Fan Choice Award. She also claimed the award for pop album of the year for "Under My Skin" (Arista).

Billy Talent beat out competition from Great Big Sea, Simple Plan, Sum 41 and the Tragically Hip to win group of the year. The band also won album of the year for its self-titled Atlantic debut.

Other multiple winners included Calgary-born, Paris-based singer Leslie Feist and Toronto rapper K-OS. Feist was named best new artist and won the alternative album category for "Let It Die" (Arts & Craft). Virgin artist K-OS won top single for "Crabbuckit" and top rap album for "Joyful Rebellion."

In other categories, pop punksters Sum 41 took top rock album honors for "Chuck" (Aquarius), screamcore band Alexisonfire was named top new group, and Ron Sexsmith won top songwriter for the fourth year in a row. George Canyon won best country album with his debut, "One Good Friend" (Universal South), beating veterans Shania Twain, Terri Clark, Paul Brandt and Carolyn Dawn Johnson.

Hosted by Canadian TV star Brent Butt, the CTV network-televised gala featured performances by k.d. lang, Simple Plan, K-OS, Feist, Alexisonfire, Billy Talent and former Guess Who members Randy Bachman and Burton Cummings.

Neil Young canceled his planned Junos appearance as he continues to cover from surgery last Tuesday to address a brain aneurysm.

Eight awards were presented during the night; thirty-one were given out the previous evening at an industry dinner.