Tuesday, April 03, 2007

Junos: Canadian awards not given out quietly

This weekend, Canada's big music awards, the Junos, were distributed - not without controversy. Like, proper controv, not former-punk-band-turned-car-advertisters throwing water at former-socialists-turned... whatever the hell Prescott is these days.

One winner, Tomi Swick, attacked the organisers for arranging the award shows in a way which effectively excluded underage fans - although, of course, the Brits don't even bother to let the people who actually buy the artists in, except as a grudging few to dress the main TV event. And even then, they're wedged behind professional cheerleaders.

More interestingly, K-Os got the hump. The Canadian rapper had been persuaded to appear - the bait of five nominations helping here - only to discover he was going home empty handed. K-Os responded by changing the lyrics of his performance to call the show "propaganda" - although he didn't actually suggest what sort of propaganda it was.

In favour of Nelly Furtado, perhaps - she had also been nominated for five awards; she won them all. Curiously, she was also presenting the programme. If she'd been given a broom, she could have done the entire thing without the need for other people getting involved. (Only 917,000 Canadian viewers tuned in for the event; we're sure they could have been given the night off, too, without much effort.)

The winners in full, then:
Artist Nelly Furtado
Album Loose, Nelly Furtado
Single Promiscuous, Nelly Furtado
Group Billy Talent
New Group Mobile
New Artist Tomi Swick
Songwriter Gordie Sampson
Fan Choice Nelly Furtado
International Album Taking the Long Way, Dixie Chicks
Country Recording Somebody Wrote Love, George Canyon
Rap Recording Black Magic, Swollen Members
Adult Alternative Album The Light that Guides You Home, Jim Cuddy
Alternative Album Sometimes, City and Colour
Pop Album Loose, Nelly Furtado
Vocal Jazz Album From This Moment On, Diana Krall
Francophone Album Il était une fois dans l'est, Antoine Gratton
Classical Album: Vocal/Choral Mozart: Arie e Duetti, I. Bayrakdarian, M. Schade, R. Braun, Canadian Opera Company
Aboriginal Recording Sedzé, Leela Gilday
Blues Album House of Refuge, Jim Byrnes
World Music Album Kaba Horo, Lubo Alexandrov

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