If an awards show is held virtually, with no audience on hand to cheer the winners and no acceptance speeches, even patched in from afar, do the awards still count? You bet they do. Artists shouldn’t be penalized because of the strange times we live in. A record’s a record and Shawn Mendes set a truly historic record at the 49th annual Juno Awards, which was held virtually Monday (June 29).
Mendes became the first artist in Juno Awards history to win single of the year three years running. He won this year for "Señorita," his sensuous collab with Camila Cabello. He won the last two years with "There's Nothing Holdin' Me Back" (2018) and "In My Blood" (2019). Anne Murray, Glass Tiger and Alanis Morissette had each won the award two years in a row.
Mendes also became just the second artist to win artist of the year two years running. The Weeknd won in 2015-16. This brings Mendes’ collection of Junos to an even 10. The artist, who was born in Pickering, Ontario is just 21.