Nothing was sophisticated when it got here to displaying appreciation for Avril Lavigne at this yr’s Juno Awards.
After Canada’s largest evening in music pivoted to a digital ceremony for the previous two years, the celebration welcomed again its stay viewers with open arms and loads of love for Canada’s pop princess from Napanee, Ont.
Lavigne carried out a medley of her largest hits, together with Difficult, Girlfriend, Sk8er Boi and I’m With You, earlier than returning at hand Shawn Mendes the TikTok fan alternative award.
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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 ought to’ve began on a decrease key,” Liu wailed because the efficiency deliberately went off the rails.
It was one in every of 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 group at Toronto’s Budweiser Stage.
“By the way in which, it’s pronounced `bubble tea,’ not `boba’,” he jested.
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Liu additionally used the bit as a possibility to get a bit extra political, reciting: “Canada is a spot the place the federal government can also be our drug seller; and we’re into snowboarding not waterboarding; and the place a girl at all times has the best to decide on.”
A couple of moments later, he joined TikTok star Tesher to carry out the viral dance of Jalebi Child.
Different Canadian stars acquired their moments too, together with Montreal singer-songwriter Charlotte Cardin, who emerged the largest winner of the yr with a complete of 4 trophies.
She picked up album of yr for Phoenix on the published after the venture 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 yr in the past I’d’ve not believed you for one second in the event you informed me I’d gained 4 Junos,” Cardin stated after the present.
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Mendes additionally pocketed a particular worldwide achievement award for his world affect on music, which he accepted with a mirrored image on his stratospheric rise to success.
“Once I was youthful I used to suppose … if I may write only one large hit track folks would really like me and that I’d be sufficient,” he stated.
“We’re taught to consider that what we obtain is identical factor as what we’re price. However one thing that I do know to be true now’s that I used to be sufficient earlier than anyone knew my identify.”
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 Alternate.
“This one is for ladies in hip hop,” she stated.
Vancouver pop singer Jessia gained breakthrough artist partly on the breakout success of her single I’m Not Fairly on TikTok.
“Thanks a lot,” she stated as tearfully waved the Juno within the air. “That 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 group how her hit No one’s Imagined to Be Right here left a long-lasting 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 glossy, golden robe with a thigh-high slit to replicate on three a long time within the music business.
“Rising up as a Black woman in Toronto, Canada, this imaginative and prescient appeared intangible,” she stated as she accepted the honour.
“It wasn’t straightforward to depart my residence however it was vital. In any other case, I’m undecided that I’d be standing right here this night. These rejections turned my redirection and solely added gasoline to my hearth.”
Even earlier than the Junos acquired underway, a lot of this yr’s nominees had been already speaking concerning the Avril Lavigne of all of it.
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Toronto rock act the Seashores, who’ve repeatedly professed their obsession with Lavigne, lastly acquired an opportunity to satisfy their idol after they crossed paths on the crimson carpet.
“We had been all six and eight years previous (when) her first album got here out. It was monumentally vital for us to see a cool lady enjoying unimaginable rock music,” stated lead singer and bassist Jordan Miller, whose band gained rock album of the yr on Saturday.
“For her to be an area Canadian woman, it (meant) we will do what she does, and she or he’s one of many the reason why we’re right here tonight.”
— With information from Sadaf Ahsan
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