Juno Awards 2018

    Gord Downie wins artist of the year

     
    A posthumous win for Gord, accepted by his brothers Patrick and Mike Downie.
     
    "If we've learned anything from Gord, it's the value of taking care of each other," says Patrick, listing off some of the people who have helped them with healing over the past two years. "I like to believe that we're all better artists and people because of him. We love you Gord and we're all taking good care of each other."
     
    Now Mike takes the mic and talks about creating a "new country" with indigenous and non-indigenous people coming together. He says Gord really would like that and finishes by saying he loves his brother.
     
    Here's Mike:
     

    Arcade Fire win album of the year

     
    It's for their 2017 album Everything Now. This win comes as a bit of a surprise as this album was easily their most divisive album amongst fans (full disclosure ... I count myself a longtime fan!). I am an Everything Now fan though.
     
    "We're so humbled to be here," says frontman Win Butler. "I just hope we can all rise above negativity in our lives and do what we believe in."
     
    Perhaps that was a dig to the critics who hated on the album. They performed the title track from the album earlier in the show. The best song with a pan flute?
     
     

    Jessie Reyez wins Breakthrough Artist

     
    "I wasn't expecting this so thank you ... it means a lot to get this love at home," Reyez said. She is visibly emotional.
     
    She ends her speech by giving a shout out about being proud of being Canadian ... it's a bit hard to hear though over all the cheers!
     
     

    Daniel Caesar wins R&B/soul recording of the year

    He starts by saying thank you, and rambling through a list, including thanking his mom and dad.
     
    "This is a lot, I'm frazzled right now."
     
     

    What can we expect tonight?

    Let me give you the breakdown on what we know will be happening during tonight's show.
    • The Oscars this 'aint. Only six awards will be handed out during tonight's show: R&B/soul recording of the year, breakthrough artist of the year, rap recording of the year, album of the year, JUNO fan choice and artist of the year. 
    • It's really all about the performances. We'll be seeing and hearing performances from Arcade Fire, Barenaked Ladies ft. Steven Page, the Jerry Cans, Shawn Hook, Lights, Daniel Caesar, Jessie Reyez, Arkells, Diana Krall, and a tribute to Gord Downie from Sarah Harmer and City and Colour.

    Watch the Juno Awards broadcast here

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