Fog keeps artists from Junos

Canadian acts can't reach Newfoundland for Sunday event

TORONTO -- Not belching volcanic ash from Iceland, but thick fog has kept top Canadian music artists from reaching St. John's, Newfoundland for the Junos, the country's music awards, on Sunday night.

In non-televised award-giving Saturday night, crooner Michael Buble earned the pop album of the year award for "Crazy Love" after coming into the weekend with six nominations.

Other early winners included Amelia Curran grabbing the best solo album Juno Award for "Hunter, Hunter," and the Arkells took home the best new group of the year trophy.

And buoyed by his World Cup-inspired hit song "Wavin' Flag," hip hop artist K'naan won for best artist of the year, beating out favorite Buble.

In all, 32 of 39 Juno trophies were given out in St. John's, Newfoundland Saturday night, opening the way for a performance-heavy gala telecast Sunday evening on the CTV network.

That's if all the Canadian artists on the concert card show up to perform or pick up remaining Juno trophies up for grabs.

St. John's was covered with snow Thursday, and that was followed Friday by heavy fog that prevented flights from reaching the city. A few planes landed later in the day, but a host of Saturday night award winners were kept cooling their heels at Halifax Airport after their flights were denied final clearance to land in St. John's.

Other artists and their gear have been delayed taking off from elsewhere in Canada or the U.S. until air traffic control in Newfoundland, monitoring heavy mist in the region, will allow their flights to land in St. John's.

Other pre-gala winners included rockers Billy Talent collecting hardware for best rock album for "III"; Jacksoul secured the Juno for best R&B/soul recording for "Lonesome Highway"; and Johnny Reid grabbed the Juno for best country album for "Dance With Me."

A full list of winners is available at www.junoawards.ca.
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