Though famously snubbed at the 2021 Grammy Awards, the ‘Blinding Lights’ hitmaker nails Artist of the Year, Single of the Year and Album of the Year among others at the Canadian awards show.
AceShowbiz –The Weeknd made history at the 2021 Juno Awards after becoming the first artist to sweep the five top categories twice.
The superstar, who was famously shut out of the nominations for the 2021 Grammy Awards, was named Artist of the Year, and Songwriter of the Year, an accolade he shared with his collaborators Belly, aka Ahmad Balshe, and Jason “DaHeala” Quenneville, while he also claimed Album of the Year and Contemporary R&B Recording of the Year for “After Hours”, and Single of the Year for “Blinding Lights”.
He previously dominated the same five awards in 2016 with his work on “Beauty Behind the Madness”, which spawned the smash hit “Can’t Feel My Face”.
The Weeknd initially picked up three of the prizes during the first night of the virtual event on Friday, June 4, and added Artist of the Year and Album of the Year to his haul during Sunday’s main ceremony, which was also a digital affair, although he did not make an appearance at either show to accept the titles.
Meanwhile, Justin Bieber was also feted with the Pop Album of the Year award for “Changes”, his third career win in that category, while he made his first return to the Junos stage in 11 years by performing “Somebody” from a Los Angeles studio.
Shawn Mendes also had a good night at the Canadian equivalent to the Grammys, picking up the public-voted Fan Choice Award, and singer JP Saxe was named Breakthrough Artist of the Year.
The full list of winners at the 2021 Juno Awards is:
- Artist of the year: The Weeknd
- Breakthrough Artist of the Year: JP Saxe
- Album of the year: “After Hours”, The Weeknd
- Single of the Year: “Blinding Lights”, The Weeknd
- Songwriter of the Year: The Weeknd (Abel Tesfaye), Belly (Ahmad Balshe), & Jason ‘DaHeala’ Quenneville
- Group of the Year: Arkells
- Breakthrough Group of the Year: Crown Lands
- Pop Album of the Year: “Changes”, Justin Bieber
- Juno Fan Choice: Shawn Mendes
- International Album of the Year: “Fine Line”, Harry Styles
- Dance Recording of the Year: “Bubba”, Kaytranada
- Contemporary R&B Recording of the Year: “After Hours”, The Weeknd
- Traditional R&B/Soul Recording of the Year: “Solid”, Savannah Re
- Rap Recording of the Year: “Elements Vol. 1”, TOBi
- Country Album of the Year: “The Lemonade Stand”, Tenille Townes
- Adult Alternative Album of the Year: “Sad Hunk”, Bahamas
- Alternative Album of the Year: “Pray for It”, July Talk
- Rock Album of the Year: “Ruthless”, JJ Wilde
- Electronic Album of the Year: “Suddenly”, Caribou
- Metal/Hard Music Album of the Year: “Abyss”, Unleash the Archers
- Adult Contemporary Album of the Year: “Such Pretty Forks in the Road”, Alanis Morissette
- Music Video of the Year: “No One’s in the Room”, Emma Higgins/Jessie Reyez
- Jack Richardson Producer of the Year: WondaGurl
- Recording Engineer of the Year: Serban Ghenea
- Reggae Recording of the Year: “I Pray”, TOME x Sean Kingston
- Indigenous Artist or Group of the Year: “North Star Calling”, Leela Gilday
- Contemporary Roots Album of the Year: “Bravado”, Rose Cousins
- Traditional Roots Album of the Year: “Bet on Love”, Pharis & Jason Romero
- Blues Album of the Year: “Church House Blues”, Crystal Shawanda
- Contemporary Christian/Gospel Album of the Year: “The Way”, Shawna Cain
- World Music Album of the Year: “Espiral”, Okan
- Album Artwork of the Year: “Notre-Dame-Des-Sept-Douleurs”, Klo Pelgag
- Comedy Album of the Year: “Horse Power”, Jacob Samuel
- Vocal Jazz Album of the Year: “With You”, Sammy Jackson
- Jazz Album of the Year, Solo: “Elegant Traveler”, Jocelyn Gould
- Jazz Album of the Year, Group: “The reMission”, Andy Milne & Unison
- Instrumental Album of the Year: “Movements III”, Blitz/Berlin
- Album Francophone de l’annee: “Quand la nuit tombe”, Louis-Jean Cormier
- Children’s Album of the Year: “Heart Parade”, Splash’N Boots
- Classical Album of the Year, Solo or Chamber: “Mosaique”, Ensemble Made in Canada
- Classical Album of the Year, Large Ensemble: “Ginastera – Bernstein – Moussa”: Works for Violin and Orchestra, Orchestre symphonique de Montreal, conducted by Kent Nagano, featuring Andrew Wan
- Classical Album of the Year, Vocal or Choral: Massenet: “Thais” Erin Wall, Joshua Hopkins, Andrew Staples, Toronto Mendelssohn Choir with Toronto Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Sir Andrew Davis
- Classical Composition of the Year: Violin Concerto ‘Adrano’, Samy Moussa.
- Canadian Music Hall of Fame: Jann Arden
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