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The Weeknd Is The Weekend’s Big Winner At The JUNO Awards

April 4th, 2016

buffy Sainte-Marie presenting The Weeknd with the JUNO Award for Single of the Year winner [Photo: CARAS/iPhoto]

Buffy Sainte-Marie presenting The Weeknd with the JUNO Award for Single of the Year [Photo: CARAS/iPhoto]

It was a victorious weekend for The Weeknd, who earned five JUNO Awards during the 45th annual music awards in Calgary. The alternative R&B sensation scooped up two statuettes for Single of the Year and Album of the Year during CTV’s live broadcast of the 2016 JUNO Awards on Sunday, April 3 at the Scotiabank Saddledome. Having already won three awards for Artist of the Year, Songwriter of the Year, and R&B/Soul Recording of the Year during Saturday night’s non-televised JUNO Gala Dinner & Awards, he took home the most wins of any artist, as well as the most nominations.

The Weeknd’s five JUNO Awards top off an exceptional year for the artist. The multiplatinum-selling artist also graced the broadcast stage on Sunday to perform a two-song medley of never-seen-before tracks “Aquainted” and “Might Not” with surprise guest Belly.

Also during the broadcast, Alessia Cara was named Breakthrough Artist of the Year following major international success with her hit songs “Here” and “Wild Things,” which she performed to open the live show and mark her JUNO stage debut. Ontario’s Walk Off The Earth was awarded Group of the Year.

Saturday night’s double-winner (Aboriginal Album of the Year, Contemporary Roots Album of the Year) Buffy Sainte-Marie took part in the broadcast with a unique spoken word performance, Breakthrough Group of the Year winners Dear Rouge performed “I Heard I Had,” and Whitehorse, winners of the Adult Alternative Album of the Year, delighted fans with their song “Tame as the Wild Ones.”

After snagging a big win for Country Album of the Year for his record Gypsy Road, Dean Brody also graced the stage with a performance of “Bring Down the House.”

Burton Cummings & the Carpet Frogs perform at the 2016 JUNO Awards. [Photo: CARAS/iPhoto]

Burton Cummings & the Carpet Frogs perform at the 2016 JUNO Awards. [Photo: CARAS/iPhoto]

The JUNO Fan Choice Award went to Justin Bieber with just over six million votes cast.

For a comlete list of nominees and winners, go to www.junoawards.ca/nominees.

One of the most celebrated artists in Canadian history, Burton Cummings was welcomed into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame and honoured with a special closing tribute performance, which featured eight-time JUNO Award winner and co-host Jann Arden, performer Shawn Hook, internationally recognized JUNO Award winning vocal group The Tenors, and classic rock tribute band – and long-time Burton Cummings backing band – The Carpet Frogs. Cummings himself also took part in the special performance.

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