An up-and-coming St. John's rock band and a veteran singer-songwriter shared top prizes at Newfoundland and Labrador's music industry awards Sunday night.

Hey Rosetta! won four awards, for album, group and rock group, as well as the CBC Galaxie rising star of the year prize.

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Ron Hynes took three prizes at the MusicNL awards in Stephenville. ((Suzanne Woolridge) )

Ron Hynes— who launched his career in the 1970s— won three awards, including his first entertainer of the year award.

He won the SOCAN song of the year prize for his tune Dry and the award for best folk-roots artist.

Tim Baker, a Hey Rosetta! member and songwriter, said the awards caught the band off guard.

"We had no idea. No inkling," Baker told CBC News.

"It's a pat on the back, which is a great thing.… It's a very sweet thing."

Member Josh Ward said Hey Rosetta! was what he described as "the buzz band" of the last MusicNL awards weekend a year ago.

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Hey Rosetta! won four awards, including best album and best group, at this year's MusicNL awards. ((Suzanne Woolridge))

He and Baker said they were surprised to be lauded with genuine awards only a year later.

The CBC Galaxie prize comes with a $5,000 cheque.

Kevin Collins won two honours, in the male artist and country artist categories.

Other winners included:

  • Female artist: Sherry Ryan
  • Jazz-blues: Duane Andrews
  • Alternative artist: Mark Bragg
  • Gospel: David Chafe
  • Instrumental group: Celtic Fiddlers
  • Classical: Lloyd Bartlett
  • Industry Builder: College of the North Atlantic
  • Side musician: Patrick Boyle

MusicNL— formerly the Music Industry Association of Newfoundland and Labrador— held its annual meeting and awards show in Stephenville.