Shawn Mendes won two awards during the evening: the song of the year, with Miss, and that of artist of the year for the second consecutive year.
New winners dominated the ranks, winning 26 of the evening’s 42 awards.
Quebec pianist Alexandra Stréliski won her first Juno award for best instrumental album with Inscape. She also presented the award for the French-language album of the year.
Les Praises won this prize for the album The night is a panther. The name Les praises, which evokes a collective, is rather the pseudonym of one man, Vincent Roberge. This unique artist with plural talents had received the 2019-2020 Révélation en chanson award from Radio-Canada.
Dominique Fils-Aimé is awarded for the vocal jazz album of the year with Stay Tuned! She also received the Révélations Radio-Canada jazz award.
Jacques Kuba Séguin received the Juno Prize for jazz album of the year, solo, for MiGRATIONS.
Saskatchewan band The Dead South received Juno for traditional music album of the year with Sugar & Joy. A great consolation for the province which should host the Juno awards ceremony.
A short gala
The organizers of the Gala, the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CASA), have decided to combine the two originally scheduled awards evenings into a single 90-minute ceremony.
The iskwē artists, Neon Dreams, and The Dead South performed during the gala evening.
Pianist Alexandra Stréliski, Raptors player Chris Boucher, artist Florence K and Minister of Canadian Heritage, Steven Guilbeault, presented awards during the evening.
As the Gala has already been recorded, the organizers asked the artists to post their thank you speeches on social media after the show.
Toronto will host the 50th Juno Awards gala in 2021.