Sexy but goofy, Furtado sweeps Juno Awards
Nelly Furtado proved to be Canada's musical sweetheart on the weekend, sweeping the 36th annual Juno Awards in all five categories for which she was nominated.
On Sunday night, Furtado picked up the fan choice award, best album for her infectious 2006 release Loose and best single for Promiscuous, which features hit U.S. producer Timbaland.
"I made this album in Miami. Thank you to Canadians for saying 'That's OK, you're still Canadian.' We can travel the world. We can make great music," Furtado said upon winning the show's final honour, album of the year.
The bubblyVictoria singer was all over the Juno broadcast: Aside from her wacky, goofyturn as host, she also took the stage to perform a medley of her most recent hits and was also a gracious presence in the winner's circle.
She added Sunday night's trio of trophies to the pair of awards she picked up at a non-televised industry event in Saskatoon on Saturday: artist of the year and best pop album.
Furtado, who stormed back onto the world's music charts in 2006 with a sexier image and her catchy new album, kept things light during her hosting duties, starting out by flyingon to the stagedressed in a feathered outfit and spoofing her Grammy-winning 2001 hit I'm Like a Bird.
Later she screened her purported first, self-made music video for her hit song Promiscuous and also appeared wearing a bizarre, hockey-inspired outfit, jokingthat it was from a new clothing line she was working on.
Billy Talent took some of the Juno spotlight away from Furtado on Sunday: The Toronto rock quartet delivered a rollicking performance and picked up two trophies.
After winning group of the year, the band thanked their fans as well as fellow nominee Alexisonfire.
"They're our friends and we've toured with them so we'd like to share this award with Alexisonfire," said lead singer Benjamin Kowalewicz.
Later, when the group won the rock album of the year category for its sophomore release, Billy Talent II, Kowalewicz acknowledged the other nominees, including Sam Roberts, Sloan and The Tragically Hip.
"Thank you for still believing in rock and roll and that it can still hold a place on this planet," he said.
The first Juno of the night went to soul act jacksoul. Lead singer Haydain Neale picked up the R&B/soul recording of the year Juno for the band's mySOUL. The best new artist honour went to Tomi Swick, who beat out two Canadian Idol winners for the award and said he was "shaking like crazy" as he accepted his trophy.
|SELECTED 2007 JUNO WINNERS|
|Album||Loose, Nelly Furtado|
|Single||Promiscuous, Nelly Furtado|
|New Artist||Tomi Swick|
|Fan Choice||Nelly Furtado|
|International Album||Taking the Long Way, Dixie Chicks|
|Country Recording||Somebody Wrote Love, George Canyon|
|Rap Recording||Black Magic, Swollen Members|
|Adult Alternative Album||The Light that Guides You Home, Jim Cuddy|
|Alternative Album||Sometimes, City and Colour|
|Pop Album||Loose, Nelly Furtado|
|Vocal Jazz Album||From This Moment On, Diana Krall|
|Francophone Album||Il était une fois dans l'est, Antoine Gratton|
|Classical Album: Vocal/Choral||Mozart: Arie e Duetti, I. Bayrakdarian, M. Schade, R. Braun, Canadian Opera Company|
|Aboriginal Recording||Sedzé, Leela Gilday|
|Blues Album||House of Refuge, Jim Byrnes|
|World Music Album||Kaba Horo, Lubo Alexandrov|
Sunday night's event paused to pay tribute to influential musician and producer Bob Rock, who helped steer the albums of Canadian stars including The Tragically Hip, Our Lady Peace and Bryan Adams, as well as those of Metallica, Bon Jovi, Aerosmith, Motley Crue and Cher.
Lead singer Gord Downie led the homage to the Winnipeg-born Rock, who had joined the Hip for its performance on the Juno stage.
In addition to the Hip, Furtado and Billy Talent, other Juno artists who performed before the screaming crowd included Patrick Watson, City and Colour, Alexisonfire, Gregory Charles, D.J. Champion and k-os, who was among this year's top nominees but was shut out in all five categories for which he was nominated.
While performing his hit single Sunday Morning, the critically acclaimed hip-hop artist made an impromptu lyric change and called the show "propaganda."
Saskatoon rocks through Juno weekend
Organizers presented Junos in 32 out of 39 categories on Saturday, with Gordie Sampson, Jim Cuddy, Diana Krall, George Canyon, City and Colour and the Dixie Chicks among the winners.
Approximately 13,000 fans attended the Juno broadcast show in Saskatoon, which has been enveloped in a musical frenzy since Thursday. A host of Juno-related events took over multiple venues in the city and surrounding area, including artist showcases, fan sessions and the annual Juno Cup hockey game.
The partying continued after Sunday's televised show at venues around the city.