If there are a few take-aways from the 2019 Juno Awards they are this: Shawn Mendes took home the most trophies, Sting made a surprise appearance and Corey Hart can still get the crowd on their feet.
On the awards side of things, Mendes took home five of the six trophies he was nominated for, including single of year for “In My Blood”, artist of the year, album of the year, songwriter of the year and pop album of the year. Unfortunately he was unable to attend the ceremony, and could only respond via Twitter. He did pre-record a rendition of his now Juno-winning single though, which played during the broadcast. Other winners during the night included Michael Bublé for adult contemporary album of the year, Tory Lanez for rap recording of the year, Arkells for rock recording of the year and Avril Lavigne in the Juno Fan Choice Award category. Post Malone took home the statue for international album of the year for Beerbongs & Bentleys.
Sting made an appearance last night as well during the broadcast, to hand out the humanitarian award to Canadian producer-composer extraordinaire David Foster. The international superstar is currently in Toronto performing in the musical The Last Ship, and has been making appearances all across the region, so we should have known he’d be at the Junos as well. Still, it was a nice surprise.
Although Mendes taking the most awards, and Sting making a surprising appearance helped make the 2019 Juno Awards memorable, it was Corey Hart who stole the show. The 80s music staple retired in the late 90s, and was being inducted in the Canadian Music Hall of Fame during the broadcast. The musician took the stage and performed his hits Never Surrender and Sunglasses at Night, and it got the crowd on their feet. Hart didn’t appear to have missed a beat, and if anything, he’s not only introduced a new generation to his music, but he’s more than likely boosted interest for his upcoming tour of Canada.
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