Published Apr 18, 2010Living up to their nickname as the Canadian Grammys, the 2010 Juno Awards was full of predictable award choices. The ceremonies, which took place on Saturday (April 17) and Sunday (April 18), gave the most attention to yuppie-friendly crooner Michael Bublé, proving once again that these award shows tend to play it safe with their choices.
While we can't argue with the following winners, we also could have guessed them months ago: Drake's undeniable talent landed him the awards for New Artist of the Year and Rap Recording of the Year, K'naan's addictive "Wavin' Flag" won him Artist of the Year and Songwriter of the Year, and Joel Plaskett's Three won him Adult Alternative Album of the Year because, for better or worse, Plaskett fully embodies the term "adult alternative."
There were a few interesting choices as well. Broken Social Scene's Charles Spearin took home the Best Contemporary Jazz Juno for his unique Happiness Project. The album paired recorded conversations about happiness from Spearin's neighbours with detailed arrangements from Spearin and his band. Likewise, Bell Orchestre took Instrumental Album of the Year for their 2009 effort As Seen Through the Windows.
Other winners included Kings of Leon (International Album of the Year), Metric (Group of the Year, Alternative Album of the Year), Arkells (New Group of the Year), Billy Talent (Rock Album of the Year), Deadmau5 (Dance Recording on the Year), Amelia Curran (Roots & Traditional Album of the Year: Solo) and Iron Maiden (Music DVD of the Year).
Notably absent from the winner's circle was Justin Bieber. The mop-headed man-boy from Brampton, ON was in attendance to perform, but didn't end up taking the podium to accept any awards. Despite three nominations, we didn't once get to witness the Biebs' frightening overconfidence and dad-ish vocabulary. Perhaps the endless swarm of screaming fans will keep him from getting too upset.
For a complete list of Juno winners, click here.