Arcade Fire and Justin Bieber victorious at Juno Awards, Drake gets skunked
Following up on its shocking victory for best album at the Grammy Awards, the Montreal-based group Arcade Fire won four trophies at Canada's Juno Awards on Sunday. The indie rockers won best album, best alternative album, best group and best songwriting for "The Suburbs."
The Junos' biggest loser was Drake, who entered the contest with the most nominations (six) but failed to claim a single trophy while hosting the ceremony held at the Air Canada Center in Toronto. He lost the fan choice award to Justin Bieber, who wasn't present but sent a pre-recorded video message. Bieber also won best pop album.
Most emotional moment of the night was the appearance of Canadian music icon Neil Young, who made his first appearance ever at the Junos, which just celebrated its 40th anniversary. He beat both Justin Bieber and Drake for the artist of the year award, plus took home the prize for best adult alternative album and an honorary laurel for his humanitarian work.
"Wavin' Flag" by Young Artists for Haiti won best single. Katy Perry's "Teenage Dream" won best international album over Lady Antebellum's "Need You Now," Eminem's "Recovery," Ke$ha's "Animal" and Taylor Swift's "Speak Now." See a full list of winners and nominees.
-- Tom O'Neil
Photo: Arcade Fire accepts the award for best songwriting. Credit: Juno Awards