With five major wins, Nelly Furtado swept Canada’s Juno Awards over the weekend. A total of 39 Juno trophies were handed out over two nights, Saturday (March 31) and Sunday (April 1) in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.
Furtado, host of the two-hour CTV televised event on Sunday, won the five categories in which she was nominated: artist, album and pop album (both for her third Mosley Music Group/Geffen album, “Loose”), top single for “Promiscuous” and the Fan Choice Award.
Furtado made her entrance as host flying down on cables in a snazzy black-plumed bird costume. Later she appeared in a glittery black suit for a medley of songs with Toronto rapper Saukrates, including “Promiscuous,” “Say It Right” and “Maneater.”
Atlantic/WEA pop/rock band Billy Talent, which opened the show, was the only other act to win multiple Junos. Tied with Furtado for five nominations, the band won top group as well as in the rock album category for its sophomore album “Billy Talent II.”
With just seven trophies given out, Sunday’s national TV broadcast was primarily about performances. Artists including Furtado, the Tragically Hip, Patrick Watson, City and Colour, Billy Talent, Gregory Charles and Three Days Grace performed in front of an audience of some 13,000 fans at Saskatoon’s Credit Union Centre. Montreal’s rap-rock band DJ Champion closed the show in a fitting climax.
One of the evening’s most poignant moments was the induction of producer and former Payolas guitarist Bob Rock into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame. This was in recognition of his work producing Motley Crue, Metallica, the Tragically Hip and Bryan Adams, as well as engineering albums for Aerosmith and Bon Jovi.
Singer/songwriter Tomi Swick won for top new artist, while Toronto-based jacksoul’s “mySOUL” on Sony BMG was voted top R&B/soul recording. Montreal rockers Mobile, who record for M&B Records/Universal Music, won the top new group category.
Swollen Members’ “Black Magic” album on Swollen Members Music garnered an award for top rap recording, and George Canyon’s “Somebody Wrote Love” on Reiny Dawg Music took the honors for top country recording. Cape Breton’s Gordie Sampson took home a Juno for top songwriter. The Dixie Chicks were winners in the international album category for “Taking the Long Way.”