Classified & Serena Ryder kick-off JUNOs with “mash-up” performance [News]
Winnipeg, MB – The 2014 JUNO Awards kicked off with a genre mash-up between Classified and indie rock artist Serena Ryder. The “Weak in the Knees” singer appeared to be starting the award show off with a performance of her single, “What I Wouldn’t Do,” but after one chorus it was nicely joined by Classified’s “3 Foot Tall” to create a smooth blend of both. Classified was joined on stage by a gang of kids, continuing his support of the “I’ve Been Bullied” campaign – making for an excellent introduction to the show.
Soon after the performance concluded, the first award of the night was presented by A Trible Called Red (who picked up Breakthrough Group of the Year later in the evening). Both Classified and Serena were nominated for Single of the Year, but the co-hosts lost out to Tegan & Sara who won with their single, “Closer.” However, one award later, Serena picked up the Songwriter of the Year – presented by Karidnal Offishall – beating out Arcade Fire, Henry “Cirkut” Walter, Ron Sexsmith, and Tegan & Sara Quin. She was promptly congratulated for her win by Classified, representing his hometown of Enfield, Nova Scotia via a slick looking snapback. Only 20 minutes in and it’s safe to say that Class is a natural at the hosting gig – the sense of humour is already showing:
“Congratulations to my co-host, Serena Ryder, make some noise one time. [Applause] Sounds good, sounds good. Tonight I’ve been out here a lot because my dressing room is full of booze and marijuana, and they’re trying to keep me busy. But trust me, there’s a whole lot of hanging out going on behind the scenes, so let’s go back stage and see what’s up.”
Earlier in the weekend, Drake was named the winner of this year’s Rap Recording of the Year award, picking up his third JUNO in the category in five years.