Junos 2015: Kiesza, Arkells, The Weeknd Big Winners at Canada's Music Awards
Leonard Cohen in an upset won for best album of the year for 'Proper Problems.'
Kiesza's breakout year continued Sunday night when the Calgary singer earned breakthrough artist of the year honors at the 2015 Juno Awards, Canada's music awards.
That honor came on top of Kiesza winning for best dance album for Sound of a Woman and best video for "Hideaway" during pre-telecast prize giving in Hamilton, Ontario, on Saturday night. "Thank you to all my fans. You're the reason that any of us create music," Kiesza, also known as Kiesa Ellestad, told the nationwide audience tuning into the 2015 Junos on the CTV network.
Other multiple winners included The Weeknd, which won for artist of the year, coming on top of their best R&B/soul recording of the year win Saturday night for "Often." Kiesza's "Hideaway" lost out in the best single of the year competition to Toronto pop reggae group Magic! for "Rude."
Also robbed in the best single competition: Drake with "Hold On, We're Going Home." And hometown heroes Arkells won for rock album of the year with High Noon. "This is an embarrassment of riches," Arkells frontman Max Kerman said onstage after winning the best group honors Saturday night.
The Arkells, backed by an orchestra, performed their "Come to Light" hit onstage Sunday night, as did YouTube phenom Shawn Mendes, who along with Magic! and Kiesza were among the newcomers at the Junos this year. But in an upset, Montreal troubadour Leonard Cohen won for best album of the year with Popular Problems, turning aside competition from Bobby Bazini's Where I Belong and Serge Fiori's self-titled album Serge Fiori.
Cohen, a no-show in Hamilton, has now earned six Juno trophies during his storied career. Elsewhere, the Juno fan choice award, voted on by ordinary Canadians, went to crooner Michael Buble, another no-show.
An emotional highlight for the 2015 Junos came when Glen Ballard, who co-wrote and produced Alanis Morissette's 1995 blockbuster album Jagged Little Pill, inducted the Canadian singer into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame. "I am deeply appreciative of this country," Morissette told the FirstOntario Center audience after receiving a standing ovation.
The 2015 Junos were hosted by Hedley's Jacob Hoggard.