No maybes about it – the Junos called Carly Rae Jepsen last night. The five-time nominee won an early trophy for best pop album for Kiss during the Junos’ non-televised gala dinner, which saw 35 awards handed out. That means Justin Bieber’s Believe lost in that category. Artist of the year honours went to 78-year-old Leonard Cohen.
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Tonight, Canada honours its artists with the Juno Awards. Performers include Carly Rae Jepsen, Vancouver’s Marianas Trench, The Sheepdogs, Serena Ryder, with host Michael Buble live from Regina’s Brandt Centre.
Buble himself is a Juno Fan Choice nominee. Tom Cochrane and Blue Rodeo’s Jim Cuddy are appearing.
Michael Buble’s planning to put his singing career on hold so he can launch himself as a Hollywood actor. The Canadian crooner once appeared as an extra in an episode of TV show The X-Files, admits he’s desperate to start making movies, but he’s been too busy with his music to pursue his dream. However, Buble is planning to take a break so he can chase acting roles full-time. He tells Britain’s Sunday Express newspaper, “The only reason I haven’t done it (made a film) is because of the time constraints. I think in the next couple of years I will take time off and start making movies.”
Serena Ryder’s a three-time Juno Award winner, and a nominee this year in the Single of the Year and Adult Alternative Album of the Year categories. Ryder has toured with Melissa Etheridge, shared the stage with David Gray, and her songs were featured on Grey’s Anatomy, Gossip Girl, and Private Practice.
The Junos are April 21st. Performers include Carly Rae Jepsen, Vancouver’s Marianas Trench, The Sheepdogs, Serena Ryder, and host Michael Buble, live from Regina’s Brandt Centre. Tickets range from $59 to $189 (plus taxes and service charges) at 1-855-985-5000, and www.ticketmaster.ca.
Patrick Chan won gold at the World Figure Skating Championships last night. Despite a rocky free program, Chan clinched his third consecutive world figure skating title. The 22-year-old Toronto-native is the first men’s singles skater in 13 years to win three titles in a row.
Despite falling twice and having some of his jumps downgraded, his 7 point lead earned him top spot. Chan’s short program on Wednesday set a world record. Friday, he ended the night with 267.78 points.
“I’m sorry I didn’t give you a good program,” Chan said to the audience. “I wanted to do it so badly. It is a two-program competition and I am thankful for the beautiful short program I did on Wednesday”.
Mumford & Sons’ “Babel” was crowned album of the year on last weekend’s Grammy Awards, and soars back to the top of the charts. The effects were felt by the band immediately following the Grammy broadcast as the album rose from 74 on the Billboard 200 back to No. 1.
This year the word went out, the 2013 Grammy Awards were no place for wardrobe malfunctions on stage or on the red carpet. There was a strict dress code in place this year, but as with any set of rules there were still people who bent them, and managed to turn a few heads too. You can check out some of the fashions, and reactions, here.
M.I.A. poses backstage after performing at the 51st annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, February 8, 2009. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni
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Carly Rae Jepsen was asked if her two Grammy nominations are any less sweet because of the music awards’ snub by Justin Bieber, instrumental in her rise to fame.
“Justin and me, and the whole team, we kind of call ourselves a family,” said Jepsen, a native of Mission, B.C. “And we’re always supportive of each other; it doesn’t feel like one person’s success, it feels like a shared one. So, in a way, he’ll be there. I wouldn’t be able to say I could’ve done any of this without his introduction and support and backing so it’s a shared success for us that night. And I know he’ll be rooting for me just like I’m always rooting for him.”
Sting, Bruno Mars & Rihanna will perform together at the 55th Annual Grammy Awards tomorrow. This pic was taken yesterday. Rihanna flashes a smile while posing with Bruno Mars and Sting at a rehearsal on Friday. Rihanna posted another picture of herself on Instagram and wrote, “Marleys and I #BackstageLife,” Referring to Bob Marley’s sons, Ziggy and Damien.
Bruno Mars and Rihanna are current nominees, and Sting’s a 16-time Grammy winner!