Published Apr 21, 2013While the live broadcast of the Juno Awards takes place tonight (April 21) at Regina's Brandt Centre, a number of Canadian artists were honoured last night at a non-televised gala, with winners including Grimes, Leonard Cohen, Carly Rae Jepsen, the Weeknd and more.
Cohen was crowned Artist of the Year, beating out Jepsen and Justin Bieber, among others, while moody R&B singer the Weeknd picked up two prizes last night. The smooth singer otherwise known as Abel Tesfaye was named Breakthrough Artist of the Year, a category that included Grimes, Cold Specks, Elisapie and Kira Isabella. The Weeknd also nabbed R&B/soul Recording of the Year for his Trilogy effort, a series of three free mixtapes later packaged together with a few bonus cuts for a commercial release.
Despite losing in one category to the Weeknd, Grimes picked up a prize of her own, claiming Electronic Album of the Year for her celebrated 2012 set Visions.
Maritimes MC Classified, meanwhile, beat out JD Era, Madchild, Maestro Fresh Wes and Rich Kidd/SonReal in the Rap Recording of the Year category for "Inner Ninja," off his recent self-titled set.
Metric's Synthetica picked up Alternative Album of the Year, while guitarist James Shaw picked up a trophy for the Jack Richardson Producer of the Year award for his studio work behind the LP's "Youth Without Youth" and "Breathing Underwater." Art director Justin Broadbent also picked up Recording Package of the Year for Synthetica's album design.
Elsewhere, Rush's Clockwork Angels won Rock Album of the Year, and "Call Me Maybe" singer Jepsen's Kiss won Pop Album of the Year. Rose Cousins won in the solo category for Roots & Traditional Album of the Year for We Have Made a Spark, while Elliott Brood won the group category for their Days into Years. Woods of Ypres won Metal/Hard Music Album of the Year for Woods 5: Grey Skies & Electric Light.
You can see the full list of last night's winners here, and tune in to the Michael Buble-hosted broadcast of the remaining awards tonight.