December 9, 2013 Sections
Winnipeg Free Press - ONLINE EDITION
REGINA — There are no more maybes as far as Carly Rae Jepsen is concerned — the B.C. pop singer is the big winner at this year's Juno Awards.
Call Me Maybe, the most infectious earworm of 2012, has allowed Jepsen to pick up three Junos at Regina this weekend and outshine pop superstar Justin Bieber, the performer who helped launch her career.
Jepsen won single of the year for Call Me Maybe and both album of the year and pop album of the year for Kiss. Bieber, who was not present at the awards ceremony at Regina's Brandt Centre, only won a single trophy: the Juno fan choice award.
A total of 45 awards were handed out over two nights in Regina. Aside from Jepsen, the only other multiple winners were singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen, R&B singer The Weeknd and indie-rock band Metric.
Cohen, 78, was named artist of the year and songwriter of the year. The Weeknd won breakthrough artist of the year and R&B/soul recording for the trippy compilation album Trilogy. Metric won alternative album for Synthetica, which also won a packaging-and-design award.
The Juno broadcast was hosted by crooner Michael Buble and featured performances by the likes of Jepsen, Metric, group of the year Marianas Trench, breakthrough-group winner Monster Truck, and adult-alternative-winner Serena Ryder.
At Saturday's non-televised awards, violinist and former Brandonite James Ehnes won the large-ensemble classical album Juno for Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto.
Next year's Juno Awards will be held in Winnipeg during the final week of March, culminating in a broadcast from the MTS Centre on Sunday, March 30, 2014.