Congrats to all of tonight’s winners and nominees! The 25th anniversary edition of the MuchMusic Video Awards kicked off with a performance by Hedley as well as big wins by Drake and SonReal.
Drizzy picked up a pair of awards including Best International Video by a Canadian with “Hold On, We’re Going Home” and “Worst Behaviour” in the Hip-Hop Video of the Year category. Vancouver’s SonReal picked up the MuchFACT Video of the Year for his Napoleon Dynamite-inspired “Everywhere We Go,” directed by Peter Huang for Mad Ruk Entertainment. From the National Capital Region, Ottawa’s DJ Drastik and Tom Wrecks, better known now as Thugli, were recognized in the Director of the Year category for their Amos Leblanc and Ohji Inoue driven visuals.
Despite what seemed like less of a hip-hop presence than the past few years, SonReal was in the building and we’ve got some great exclusive footage from him coming courtesy of our Stolen From Africa fam. Stay tuned for that. Drake wasn’t able to make it to the show but several other big artists, and even athletes (Habs D-man P.K. Subban) were on hand for the celebration.
Next year it would be dope to see a Canadian wrap up the MMVAs. SonReal would have been perfect. He had an impressive 5 nominations and picked up a big win with the MuchFACT Video of the Year. It’s easy to understand why someone like Ariana Grande (Pop) is selected for the job, but next year hopefully the last performance will at least have all artists present. Iggy Azalea was noticably absent as her verse blarred across downtown Toronto.
And the winners are…
Director of the Year: Amos Leblanc & Ohji Inoue for Thugli’s “Run This”
International Video of the Year (by a Canadian): “Hold On We’re Going Home” by Drake
Hip-Hop Video of the Year: “Worst Behavior” by Drake
MuchFACT Video of the Year: Everywhere We Go” by SonReal
International Video of the Year: “Royals” by Lorde
International Video of the Year by a Group: “Demons” by Imagine Dragons
Rock/Alternative Video of the Year: “Shapeshifters” by Sam Roberts Band
Pop Video of the Year: “Anything” by Hedley
Favorite International Artist or Group: Selena Gomez
Favorite Video: “Anything” by Hedley
Favorite Artist or Group: Justin Bieber
Video of the Year: “Anything” by Hedley
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