VANCOUVER (CelebrityAccess) The 2018 Juno Awards, the biggest night for honoring Canadian music, took place in Vancouver March 25 with highlights including a Barenaked Ladies reunion and tributes to The Tragically Hip’s Gord Downie.
Downie’s brothers Mike and Patrick accepted a posthumous award for the singer, who recently died of brain cancer after the band’s farewell tour.
“If we’ve learned anything from Gord, it was the value of taking care of each other,” Patrick said. “This is Gord’s award. It’s artist of the year, but he was our man of a lifetime. I’d like to believe we’re all better artists and people because of him. We love you Gord and we’re all taking good care of each other.”
A tribute to Downie was led by Sarah Harmer, Dallas Green (aka City & Colour), and Kevin Hearn of Barenaked Ladies.
Arcade Fire won best album for Everything Now.
“I just hope that we can all rise above negativity in our lives and just do what we believe in,” the band’s Win Butler said in acceptance. “Speak your truth and don’t be afraid to just do whatever the hell you want.”
Daniel Caesar won best R&B/soul recording for his album Freudian and Jessie Reyes won breakthrough artist.
Barenaked Ladies were inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame.
The show was hosted by Michael Bublé who confirmed rumors in gossip magazines that he and his wife are expecting a child. Bublé had to cancel hosting the Junos last year because of his son’s health. His wife was pregnant at the Junos five years ago when he hosted the awards show in Regina.
The full list of winners at the 2018 Juno Awards.
International Album of the Year – Kendrick Lamar – DAMN.
Album of the Year – Arcade Fire – Everything Now
Artist of the Year – Gord Downie
Group of the Year – A Tribe Called Red
Breakthrough Artist of the Year – Jessie Reyez
Breakthrough Group of the Year – The Beaches
Songwriter of the Year – Gord Downie & Kevin Drew
Country Album of the Year – James Barker Band – Game On
Adult Alternative Album of the Year – Gord Downie – Introduce Yerself
Alternative Album of the Year – Alvvays – Antisocialites
Pop Album of the Year – Lights – Skin & Earth
Rock Album of the Year – The Glorious Sons – Young Beauties and Fools
Vocal Jazz Album of the Year – Diana Krall – Turn Up the Quiet
Jazz Album of the Year (Solo) – Mike Downes – Root Structure
Jazz Album of the Year (Group) – David Braid, Mike Murley, Anders Morgensen & Johnny Aman – The North
Instrumental Album of the Year – Do Make Say Think – Stubborn Persistent Illusions
Francophone Album of the Year – Daniel Bélanger – Paloma
Children’s Album of the Year – Fred Penner – Hear the Music
Classical Album of the Year (Solo or Chamber Ensemble) – Janina Fialkowska – Chopin Recital 3
Classical Album of the Year (Large Ensemble) – Jan Lisiecki with NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester – Chopin: Works for Piano & Orchestra
Classical Album of the Year (Vocal or Choral) – Barbara Hannigan with Ludwig Orchestra – Crazy Girl Crazy
Classical Composition of the Year – Jocelyn Morlock – My Name is Amanda Todd
Rap Recording of the Year – Tory Lanez – “Shooters”
Dance Recording of the Year – Nick Fiorucci – “Closer (ft. Laurell)”
Electronic Album of the Year – Rezz – Mass Manipulation
R&B/Soul Recording of the Year – Daniel Caesar – Freudian
Reggae Recording of the Year – Kirk Diamond – “Greater”
Indigenous Music Album of the Year – Buffy Sainte-Marie – Medicine Songs
Contemporary Roots Album of the Year – Bruce Cockburn – Bone on Bone
Traditional Roots Album of the Year – The Dead South – Illusion & Doubt
Blues Album of the Year – MonkeyJunk – Time to Roll
Contemporary Christian/Gospel Album of the Year – The Color – First Day of My Life
World Music Album of the Year – Kobo Town – Where the Galleon Sank
Metal/Hard Music Album of the Year – Anciients – Voice of the Void
Adult Contemporary Album of the Year – Michael Bublé – Nobody But Me
Comedy Album of the Year – Ivan Decker – I Wanted to Be a Dinosaur
Jack Richardson Producer of the Year – Diana Krall (“L-O-V-E”, “Night and Day” [co-producer Tommy Lipuma] – Turn Up the Quiet by Diana Krall)
Recording Engineer of the Year – Riley Bell
Album Artwork of the Year – Do Make Say Think – Stubborn Persistent Illusions
Video of the Year – Grimes – “Venus Fly”
Juno Fan Choice Award – Shawn Mendes