After a cancelled yr and a number of delays, the ultimate night time of the 50th annual Junos occurred just about on Sunday — honouring a few of the nation‘s hottest artists in a tumultuous yr for the humanities. And whereas R&B singer The Weeknd emerged as the massive winner, his success wasn’t the one notable second. Presenters from actor Will Arnett to Shania Twain got here collectively for a largely glitch-free showcase that noticed spectacular productions and stunning wins. And in some instances, a shock in whom we did not see in any respect.
Coming into the awards with probably the most nominations, The Weeknd cemented his place as chief on Sunday. However regardless of his triumphant night time, the artist was a no-show. Many different stars accepted their awards by video feed, however the singer was surprisingly absent, and did not make an look for both of his wins, together with artist of the yr and album of the yr for After Hours. Together with his awards from the ceremony’s opening night time on Friday, The Weeknd finally got here away with 5 wins out of six nominations — the only class he misplaced was audience-voted fan alternative, which went to Shawn Mendes. Not solely was it an exhilarating sweep for the musician who was utterly shut out of the 2021 Grammys, he was additionally the one act at this yr‘s Junos to win greater than a single award.
Which means a number of artists, Justin Bieber, Jessie Reyez and JP Saxe, who all trailed The Weeknd with 5 nominations, got here away with only one win every. It was a little bit of a disappointment for Saxe, who impressively garnered these nominations in his first yr on the ceremony. Saxe beat out tight competitors within the class he received — breakthrough artist of the yr — as TikTok superstars Tate McRae, Powfu and Curtis Waters had been within the operating. They have all seen enormous success in each streams and album gross sales, which account for 50 per cent of the decision-making to find out a winner within the class.
The ceremonies kicked off with a efficiency by Justin Bieber singing Any individual from his new album Justice. It was his first look on the present since he and Drake performed a rendition of Child on the 2010 Juno Awards. However, like The Weeknd, the singer didn’t make an look to just accept his Juno for pop album of the yr. Bieber’s efficiency helped begin the exhibit on a superb foot, and set the tone for what was to return. By award-show requirements, Sunday’s Junos included only a few classes: a lot of the trophies had been handed out Friday night time, in order that by Sunday, simply seven of the present‘s 44 fundamental awards remained.
A lot of these performances occurred at distinguished Canadian venues, a present aspect that had been in query within the lead-up to the awards as a result of Ontario’s restriction on indoor performances. In the long run, the extremely produced exhibits had been permitted and occurred in areas corresponding to Insurgent nightclub in Toronto and the Nationwide Music Centre in Calgary. Different musicians who took to the stage for Sunday’s present included breakthrough artist winner JP Saxe, Canadian Music Corridor of Fame inductee Jann Arden, TikTok stars Ali Gatie and Tate McRae and extra.
And shutting out the night time was a bombshell team-up between Feist and The Tragically Hip, taking part in the tune It is a Good Life If You Do not Weaken. It was the group’s first televised efficiency because the demise of frontman Gord Downie. A kind of seven performances had a bit extra girth than the others. In a tribute to the 30th anniversary of the rap recording class on the Junos, Canadian hip-hop royalty assembled for a celebration of how the style has grown.
Maestro Recent Wes, Jully Black, NAV, Kardinal Offishall and extra got here collectively for the phase, although it wasn’t all utterly optimistic. From the Insurgent nightclub in Toronto, phase performer Kardinal Offishall famous the difficulties rap artists have confronted in Canada — difficulties that, to some extent, persist immediately.