Nothing was sophisticated when it got here to displaying appreciation for Avril Lavigne at this yr’s Juno Awards.
After Canada’s greatest night time in music pivoted to a digital ceremony for the previous two years, the celebration welcomed again its dwell viewers with open arms and loads of love for Canada’s pop princess from Napanee, Ont.
Lavigne carried out a medley of her greatest hits, together with Difficult, Girlfriend, Sk8er Boi and I’m With You, earlier than returning at hand Shawn Mendes the TikTok fan selection award.
Even Junos host Simu Liu paid tribute to Lavigne by singing a really off-key acoustic rendition of Difficult to a really supportive reception from the viewers.
‘I should’ve began on a decrease key,” Liu wailed because the efficiency deliberately went off the rails.
It was one among many moments of showmanship from the Shang-Chi star who opened the Junos with a nod to his Marvel persona earlier than he launched into his personal model of Molson’s well-known “I Am Canadian” pledge.
“I grew up on ketchup chips, roti and Jamaican beef patties,” he informed the gang at Toronto’s Budweiser Stage.
“By the way, it’s pronounced `bubble tea,’ not `boba’,” he jested.
Liu additionally used the bit as a possibility to get slightly extra political, reciting: “Canada is a place where the government is also our drug dealer; and we’re into snowboarding not waterboarding; and where a woman always has the right to choose.”
Just a few moments later, he joined TikTok star Tesher to carry out the viral dance of Jalebi Child.
Different Canadian stars bought their moments too, together with Montreal singer-songwriter Charlotte Cardin, who emerged the most important winner of the yr with a complete of 4 trophies.
She picked up album of yr for Phoenix on the published after the undertaking gained pop album of the yr at an business occasion on Saturday. She was additionally named artist of the yr and earned single of the yr for Meaningless on the pre-telecast occasion.
“A year ago I would’ve not believed you for one second if you told me I’d won four Junos,” Cardin mentioned after the present.
Mendes additionally pocketed a particular worldwide achievement award for his international impression on music, which he accepted with a mirrored image on his stratospheric rise to success.
“When I was younger I used to think … if I could write just one big hit song people would like me and that I would be enough,” he mentioned.
“We’re taught to believe that what we achieve is the same thing as what we are worth. But something that I know to be true now is that I was enough before anybody knew my name.”
Different winners included Hamilton rock act Arkells for group of the yr, and Haviah Mighty who turned the primary lady to obtain the rap album or EP of the yr for Inventory Change.
“This one is for women in hip hop,” she mentioned.
Vancouver pop singer Jessia gained breakthrough artist partly on the breakout success of her single I’m Not Fairly on TikTok.
“Thank you so much,” she mentioned as tearfully waved the Juno within the air. “This is such a dream come true.”
Deborah Cox was inducted into the Canadian Music Corridor of Fame by former Toronto Raptors participant Chris Bosh, who informed the gang how her hit No person’s Presupposed to Be Right here left an enduring impression on him.
Then, he launched a video of congratulations from Cox’s contemporaries, together with John Legend, Melanie Fiona, and document government Clive Davis who first signed her.
Cox took the stage in a smooth, golden robe with a thigh-high slit to replicate on three a long time within the music business.
“Growing up as a Black girl in Toronto, Canada, this vision seemed intangible,” she mentioned as she accepted the honour.
“It wasn’t easy to leave my home but it was necessary. Otherwise, I’m not sure that I’d be standing here this evening. Those rejections became my redirection and only added fuel to my fire.”
Even earlier than the Junos bought underway, a lot of this yr’s nominees have been already speaking in regards to the Avril Lavigne of all of it.
Toronto rock act the Seashores, who’ve repeatedly professed their obsession with Lavigne, lastly bought an opportunity to satisfy their idol once they crossed paths on the crimson carpet.
“We were all six and eight years old (when) her first album came out. It was monumentally important for us to see a cool woman playing incredible rock music,” mentioned lead singer and bassist Jordan Miller, whose band gained rock album of the yr on Saturday.
“For her to be a local Canadian girl, it (meant) we can do what she does, and she’s one of the reasons why we’re here tonight.”
— With information from Sadaf Ahsan
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