2011 Juno Awards Recap [News]
Toronto, ON – Of the five possible categories Canadian hip-hop was nominated for at the televised portion of the 2011 Juno Awards, the winning ticket came with the Young Artists for Haiti version of “Wavin’ Flag” for Single of the Year (a song featuring mostly non hip-hop heads but spearheaded by K’naan) . The song beat out “Oh Canada” by Classified, “Find Your Love” by Drake and also songs by Hedley and kd lang. After surprising everyone by taking home Album of the Year at this year’s Grammy Awards, it’s no surprise that Arcade Fire took home the award for the same category at this year’s Juno Awards, beating out Drake’s Thank Me Later. Drake was also up for Artist of the Year and Juno Fan Choice Award but lost to Neil Young and Justin Bieber respectively. In the Songwriter of the Year category, Drake lost out to Arcade Fire once again for their work on The Suburbs. Despite not taking home any awards, Drake did well as the night’s host and showed everyone he deserves his place amongst Canada’s entertainment elite with an impressive six nominations. Shad’s album TSOL was awarded Rap Recording of the Year in a pre-ceremony award’s presentation.
From QMI Agency’s coverage: “Unfortunately for Juno host and local rapper Drake, he was only left holding a microphone and not much else as the leading six-time nominee lost in every single category he was up for — album, fan choice, artist, album, songwriter, single (to “Wavin’ Flag” by the Young Artists for Haiti) and rap recording in a surprise win for the lesser-known Shad on Saturday night. Drake opened the show with a skit that featured the 17-year-old Bieber on Skype where he asked the host to say hi to Juno performer Sarah McLachlan for him: “I’ve been listening to her since I was a kid,” he said before they both traded verses on McLachlan’s I Will Remember You. “You my friend have the voice of a young rabbi,” said Drake. Drake followed that skit with a loungey presentation of songs with pianist Chilly Gonzalez including a tune for Canadian Music Hall of Fame inductee Shania Twain. “You’re from Timmins, I’m from Toronto, you worked at McDonald’s and I eat McDonald’s, we should be together … Man, I’d like to make you feel like a woman baby,” he sang. During the video tribute to Twain, both Anne Murray and Taylor Swift made appearances, while friend Bryan Adams presented the Hall of Fame award.”