Nickelback has reigned over Canada's charts in recent years and last night the Vancouver rock band ruled the Juno Awards, winning in three categories at the Canadian record industry's annual gala.

The band, whose album "Dark Horse" (EMI Canada) was the biggest-selling domestic album in Canada during 2006 according to Nielsen Soundscan, took home group of the year, album of the year and the Juno fan choice award.

"To win this -- group of the year -- is just absolutely amazing," frontman Chad Kroeger told the audience at GM Place in Vancouver. Nickelback also opened the show, performing their single, "Something in Your Mouth."

The artist of the year award went to Montreal rocker Sam Roberts, while songwriter of the year when to Dallas Green, who records under the City and Colour moniker when not with his group, Alexisonfire.

Vancouver rockers Loverboy were also inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame, while Sarah McLachlan received a humanitarian award. Rapper Kardinal Offishall won rap recording of the year for his single "Not 4 Sale" (Kon Live/Geffen). The award for new artist of the year was given last night to Toronto-based singer-songwriter Lights.

The Sunday night awards gala was televised nationally by CTV. At an earlier, non-televised ceremony on Saturday night (March 28), Montreal band the Stills picked up two awards. The group, which recently released its third album, took the awards for best new group, and alternative album for "Oceans Will Rise" (Arts & Crafts/EMI).

With the exception of the publicly-voted fan choice award, the Juno winners are chosen by an industry jury or members of the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences.