Already three Juno awards for Charlotte Cardin

(Toronto) Montreal singer-songwriter Charlotte Cardin stood out on Saturday night as she took the stage three times at the inaugural Juno Awards, which recognize the best in Canadian music .

Charlotte Cardin won the prestigious Artist of the Year award, beating international stars Justin Bieber, Shawn Mendes and The Weeknd.

A first hint of her dominance was given at the very start of the evening, when the singer won the trophy for pop album of the year, again against Justin Bieber (for Justice) and Shawn Mendes (for wonder). She also received the statuette of the song of the year thanks to her composition Meaningless.

Charlotte Cardin had a broad smile during her acceptance speeches. She greeted her loved ones and those who contributed to the release of her very first full album. “I promise you that I will continue to work very hard to produce great music,” she said after receiving the Artist of the Year award.

Only the music video of the year trophy escaped him during this first awards ceremony, which took place on Saturday evening at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. Montreal filmmaker Xavier Dolan received this distinction thanks to his music video for Easy on Me from Adele.

In an evening where no less than 40 prizes were awarded, Coeur de pirate won the Juno for French-language album of the year for Impossible to love. Also in the running were Roxane Bruneau, who gave a performance at this first gala; FouKi (for Deluxe Snacks), Louis-Jean Cormier (for The sky is on the floor) and Vincent Vallières (for All beauty is not lost).

Other Quebec artists distinguished themselves during the Saturday evening.

A regular at Juno Awards, Kaytranada won in the recording category dancing for the second year in a row, this time for Bail. Allison Russell, Nashville-based singer-songwriter who drew inspiration from her Montreal childhood for her album OutsideChild, won in the contemporary roots album category. Half Moon Run (best “adult” alternative album for Inwards & Onwards) and Afrikana Soul Sister (best “overall” album for Kalasö) were also rewarded.

Andrew Wan and Charles Richard-Hamelin (for Sonatas for violin and piano nbone 1, 2, 3 & 5), Eric Milnes and Hélène Brunet (for Solfeggio, The Harmony of the Seasons) and Montreal composer Keiko Devaux distinguished themselves in the classical categories.

The Scrapbook Stories Without Words – Symphonic Harmonium earned its craftsmen the award for best visual design.

The main Juno awards gala takes place this Sunday evening in Toronto. It will air on CBC at 8 p.m. Charlotte Cardin is still in the running in two categories (album of the year and public choice) and she will give a performance there.

This year, the Juno Awards wanted to put more spotlight on the music of Indigenous artists. The gala included two new categories aimed at showcasing artists from Indigenous communities.

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