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No maybe about it... the Junos love Jepsen

Big winner at 2013 music awards show in Regina

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REGINA -- When it comes to earning glory at the only Canadian awards show with measurable TV ratings, there are no more maybes for Carly Rae Jepsen.

The pop singer responsible for the most infectious earworm of 2012 -- Call Me Maybe, a song still rattling around millions of noggins across the world -- was also the big winner at the 2013 Juno Awards.

The 27-year-old vocalist from Mission, B.C., picked up three Canadian music trophies to lead all of this year's Juno winners, including her mentor, pop superstar Justin Bieber.

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 didn't attend the awards show at Regina's Brandt Centre, only won a single piece of hardware: the Juno fan choice award.

Jepsen thanked the Biebs when she accepted her awards.

"It's crazy how you think one song can change your whole life," said Jepsen, referring to the ubiquitous Call Me Maybe. "I'm unable to say anything other than thank you."

A total of 45 Juno Awards were handed out over two nights in Regina. The only multiple winners were Jepsen, songwriting legend 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. His son, Adam, accepted his award.

The Weeknd won breakthrough artist of the year and R&B/soul recording for the trippy compilation album Trilogy. Neither made the trip to Regina.

Metric won alternative album for Synthetica, which also won a packaging-and-design award and a production award for James Shaw. They were also among the performers at the Juno broadcast, along with Jepsen, rapper Classified, rock bands The Sheepdogs, Marianas Trench and Billy Talent, singer-songwriters Hannah Georgas and Serena Ryder, vocalists The Tenors, Canadian Music Hall of Fame inductee k.d. lang and host Michael Bublé.

After a pre-taped opening sketch that found the faux-nervous crooner seeking advice from the likes of Kelly Ripa, comedian Russell Peters and TV therapist Dr. Phil, Bublé stepped onstage at the centre of Regina's Brandt Centre and promptly poked fun of "the city that rhymes with fun" and the province that may not have the same reputation.

"I just want you people to know potash is not what you think it is," said Bublé, referring to Saskatchewan's most valuable commodity, not B.C.'s biggest cash crop.

Bublé made up for making the world's oldest and cheapest joke about Regina by issuing funnier quips about Bieber vomiting and how he appreciated Jepsen's outfit so much, he wished it was crumpled up on his bedroom floor. That was followed by a choreographed quick cut to Bublé's very pregnant wife, Luisana Lopilato, miming "you're dead" to the crooner.

But the night wasn't all overt sexism and jokes about genitalia. The high point of the show was the ultra-classy, practically patriotic induction of lang -- easily one of the most amazing vocalists in the history of live music -- into the hall of fame.

"Only in Canada could there be such a freak as k.d. lang receiving this award. Only in Canada could there be people like Stompin' Tom Connors and Rita MacNeil," lang said as she accepted the honour from Anne Murray.

"I am telling my friends and my countrymen it is OK to be you. It is OK to let your freak flag fly and embrace the quirkmeister that is in all of us."

Other artists who picked up trophies during Sunday's broadcast were group of the year Marianas Trench, breakthrough-group winner Monster Truck and Ryder, who won adult alternative album for Harmony.

At Saturday's non-televised awards, where 37 of the trophies were handed out, violinist and former Brandonite James Ehnes won the large-ensemble classical album Juno for Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto.

Lynn Lake, Man. native Tom Cochrane also received a humanitarian award for his volunteer and charity work.

The 2014 Juno Weekend will be held in Winnipeg, culminating in an awards broadcast from the MTS Centre on Sunday, March 30. The Junos were last held in the Manitoba capital in 2005.

Three trophies for Jepsen

A selection of the 45 Juno Awards handed out this weekend in Regina:


Carly Rae Jepsen (3)

Single of the year for Call Me Maybe, album of the year and pop album of the year for Kiss.


Metric (3)

Alternative album of the year and recording package of the year for Synthetica; Guitarist James Shaw won producer of the year for the same record.


Leonard Cohen (2)

Artist of the year and, with Patrick Leonard, songwriter of the year.


The Weeknd (2)

Breakthrough artist of the year and R&B/soul recording of the year for Trilogy.


Justin Bieber

Fan choice award.


The Tragically Hip

Music DVD of the year for Bobcaygeon.


Johnny Reid

Country album of the year for Fire It Up.



Rock album of the year for Clockwork Angels.


Marianas Trench

Group of the year.


Monster Truck

Breakthrough group of the year.


Serena Ryder

Adult alternative album of the year for Harmony.


James Ehnes

Large-ensemble classical album for Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition April 22, 2013 D1


Updated on Monday, April 22, 2013 at 8:33 AM CDT: replaces photo

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