Sunday, April 01, 2012

2012 Juno Winners: Feist, Dan Mangan, Sheepdogs are Multiple Winners

Feist continued to win awards as well as critical acclaim, taking home three honors at this weekend's 2012 Juno Awards. Other musicians to take home multiple awards were singer-songwriter Dan Mangan and rock band The Sheepdogs, both winning two Junos. (You can see a Junos backstage interview with Feist here.)

The Junos are Canada's equivalent of the Grammys, and are put on by the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences.

Feist won the awards for Artist, Adult Alternative Album (for "Metals"), and Music DVD of the year.  This year's Juno Awards were held in Ottawa Saturday and Sunday nights; some awards were handed out the first night at a gala dinner, with a televised awards ceremony (hosted by William Shatner) distributing the rest on Sunday. (You'll find the complete list of Juno Award winners here.)

In some of the other major categories:
  • The Arkells won for Best Group
  • Dan Mangan received New Artist and Alternative Album honors (for "Oh Fortune")
  • The Sheepdogs took honors for New Group and Rock Album for "Learn & Burn"
  • The Wailin' Jennys won the Roots and Traditional album for "Bright Morning Stars"
  • Malajube took home the Francophone Album award for "La Caverne"
  • Hedley's "Storms" won for Pop Album
  • Terri Clark snagged the honor for Country Album for "Roots and Wings"
A number of categories featured nominees with little in common except that they're Canadian; in the Artist of the Year competition Feist beat out rapper Drake, standards crooner Michael Bublé, rock band City and Colour, and house/electronic music producer Deadmau5. And although there were plenty of strong Canadian albums released, especially in rock, the Album of the Year competition featured nominees Avril Lavigne, Drake, Justin Bieber, Nickelback, and Michael Bublé. (Even stranger, the winner was Bublé, for his album of Christmas songs.)

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