Canadian music sensations from coast to coast united in Hamilton Ontario on Sunday night to celebrate the 44th annual Juno Awards; and it was quite the party.
Canadian Idol alumni Jacob Hoggard served as the MC for the festivities and he didn’t disappoint; opening the show alongside his Hedley bandmates with a powerful rendition of their smash hit Anything.
Most of the awards were handed out before the ceremony, making way for bevy of live musical performances from the likes of Arkells, deadmau5, Keisza, Magic!, Sam Roberts, Sean Mendes and the queen of alt-rock angst herself, Alanis Morissette.
Big winners of the evening included The Weeknd, who took home the award for Artist of the Year, Breakthrough Artist of the Year, Dance Recording of the Year and Video of the Year, three-peat winner Keisza, and the legendary Leonard Cohan whose Popular Problems was awarded Album of the Year. Other notable awards went to the following:
Fan Choice Award: Michael Bublé
Pop Album of the Year: Lights, Little Machines
Rock Album of the Year: Arkells, High Noon
Single of the Year: Magic!, Rude
International Album of the Year: Sam Smith, In the Lonely Hour
Alanis Morissette, who was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame as part of the evening’s festivities, closed the ceremony on a high note, belting out classic hits from 1995’s Jagged Little Pill. The album, which resonates with audiences as much today as it did when it was first released 20 years ago has sold over 33 million copies worldwide.
Check out our Juno 2015 playlist inspired by last night’s live telecast.