Neil Young, Shad, Karkwa Among Early Juno Winners
TORONTO - Winners of 32 non-televised Juno awards were announced Saturday night in Toronto, with Neil Young winning for adult alternative album of the year.
Young, also the recipient of the Allan Waters Humanitarian award at the 40th anniversary of Canada's biggest music prize, earned his sixth Juno for the Daniel Lanois-produced album, Le Noise.
"The older I get the more appreciative I am," said Young, resplendent in a red scarf and black bolero top hat.
It was his first appearance at a Juno Awards show in 29 years.
Young, who earned a standing ovation from the artists in attendance, said he found it fitting to win an "adult" alternative award. "I'm an adult, there's no alternative," said Young, clean-shaven except for the trademark mutton-chop sideburns. "Other people put all sorts of handles on albums, but it's all music to me."
The awards, presented at a gala dinner on the evening before the televised event, also featured Matthew Good taking rock album of the year, Said the Whale earning best new group and -- the evening's big surprise -- Shad beating Drake for the year's biggest hip-hop award for his album TSOL.
"With or without this I feel like a very lucky person to get to make music," said Shad K, 29, a musician born in Kenya to Rwandan parents. Shad, who wore a toque and a cardigan sweater, earned his award for his third album, and continues to study at B.C.'s Simon Fraser University.
"It's an honour and definitely something I wasn't expecting," said Shad.
The Junos also handed out statues to Karkwa (last year's Polaris Prize winners) for Francophone album of the year, and Johnny Reid for the year's best country album.
Another highlight was the poetic musings of Jim Byrnes, winner of the blues album of the year for his record Everywhere West.
"I'm just trying to tell a true story," said Byrnes, who lost both his legs in a car accident in 1972, and also appears on the Canadian television series Hellcats. Byrnes, who walks with a cane and once performed with Chuck Berry, said he feels no need to become a motivational speaker. His career is motivation enough.
"I get out there and live my life, man, I don't define myself by my disability," said Byrnes. "I hope other people see me acting and singing songs and, you know, they'll be inspired to live their life, too."
The Juno Awards telecast will take place Sunday, March 27 at Toronto's Air Canada Centre.
For more coverage of the 40th Annual Juno Awards, check back to Dose.ca/Junos.
Here is the full list of early winners from Saturday's Juno Awards gala:
International Album: Katy Perry, Teenage Dream
Adult Alternative Album: Neil Young, Le Noise
Rock Album: Matthew Good, Vancouver
Rap Recording: Shad, TSOL
Alternative Album: Arcade Fire, The Suburbs
Country Album: Johnny Reid, A Place Called Love
Vocal Jazz Album: Kellylee Evans, Nina
Contemporary Jazz Album: Christine Jensen Jazz Orchestra, Treelines
Traditional Jazz Album: John MacLeodâs Rex Hotel Orchestra, Our First Set
Instrumental Album: Fond of Tigers, Continent & Western
Francophone Album: Karkwa, Les chemins de verre
Childrenâs Album: Peter Lenton, Proud Like a Mountain
Classical Album, Solo and Chamber Ensemble: Gryphon Trio, Beethoven: Piano Trios Op. 70 No. 1, Ghost and No. 2: Op 11
Classical Album, Large Ensemble or Soloist with Large Ensemble Accompaniment: Lara St. John, Mozart: Scott and Lara St. John/The Knights
Classical Album, Vocal or Choral Performance: Gerald Finley, Great Operatic Arias
Classical Composition: Murray Schafer, "Duo for Violin and Piano"
Dance Recording: Deadmau5, âSofi Needs a Ladderâ
R&B/Soul Recording: Quanteisha, âStarsâ
Reggae Recording: Elaine LilâBit Shepherd, âLikkle But Mi Tallawahâ
Aboriginal Album: CerAmony, CerAmony
Roots and Traditional Album, Solo: Old Man Luedecke, My Hands Are On Fire and Other Love Songs
Roots and Traditional Album, Group: Le Vent du Nord, La part du feu
Blues Album: Jim Byrnes, Everywhere West
Contemporary Christian/Gospel Album: Greg Sczebel, Love & the Lack Thereof
World Music Album: Ãlage Diouf, Aksil
Producer: Daniel Lanois for âHitchhikerâ by Neil Young and âI Believe in Youâ by Black Dub
Recording Engineer: Kevin Churko for âLet It Dieâ and âLife Wonât Waitâ by Ozzy Osbourne
Recording Package: Justin Peroff, Charles Spearin, Robyn Kotek and Joe McKay (art directors/designers) and Jimmy Collins and Elisabeth Chicoine (photographers) for Broken Social Sceneâs Forgiveness Rock Record
Video of the Year: âPerfect,â Hedley (Director: Kyle Davison)
Music DVD of the Year: Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage
Electronic Album: Caribou, Swim
New Group: Said the Whale