Serena Ryder named Juno artist of the year
Juno hosts Serena Ryder and Johnny Reid at the MTS Centre in Winnipeg on March 27, 2014. (Chris Procaylo/QMI Agency)
WINNIPEG -- Pop singer Serena Ryder is proving to be the darling of this year's Juno Awards.
A day before co-hosting Sunday's televised awards broadcast, the Toronto singer-songwriter was named artist of the year, beating out heavyweight contenders Celine Dion, Drake, Michael Buble and Robin Thicke.
Artists and nominees packed the RBC Convention Centre here to watch and accept the majority of the Juno's 41 awards. Only six awards will be given out on Sunday, including Juno fan choice, top album, single and group.
Calgary-born twin sisters Tegan and Sara, who will be performing on Sunday, took home the award for pop album of the year for their smash album Heartthrob, while Arcade Fire -- who are not in town -- took home alternative album honours for their double-disc album Reflektor.
Ryder, Tegan and Sara and the Arcade Fire are all up for awards at Sunday's televised broadcast.
Saturday proved to be a lucky night for Juno co-hosts, as Johnny Reid took home the award for top adult contemporary album for A Christmas Gift to You.
Rocker Matt Mayes took home rock album of the year for Coyote, while heavy rockers Protest the Hero took home the award for top metal/hard music album.
Saskatchewan rockers the Sheepdogs' Feeling Good won for video of the year.
Bruno Mars beat out Eminem, Imagine Dragons, One Direction and Pink for top international album, while Dean Brody took home country album of the year.
Juno Awards handed out Saturday night:
Artist of the year: Serena Ryder, Serenader Source
Breakthrough artist: Brett Kissel, BAK2BAK
Pop Album: Heartthrob, Tegan and Sara
Rock Album: Matt Mays, Coyote
Metal/hard music album: Volition, Protest the Hero
Country Album: Crop circles, Dean
Alternative Album: Arcade Fire, Reflecktor
Adult Alternative Album: Ron Sexsmith, Forever Endeavor
International album: Unorthodox Jukebox, Bruno Mars
Electronic album: Guilt Trips, Ryan Hemsworth
R&B recording: Can't Choose, JRDN featuring Kardinal Offishall
Rap recording: Nothing was the Same, Drake
Reggae recording: Strive, Exco Levi and Kabaka Pyramid
Aboriginal album: Surrender, George Leach
Roots and traditional album: Valleyheart, Justin Rutledge
Roots and traditional album, group: We Still Move on Dance Floors, the Strumbellas
Adult Contemporary: A Christmas Gift to you, Johnny Reid
Dance Recording: This is What it Feels Like, Armin van Buuren and Trevor Guthrie
Video: Feeling Good, Matt Barnes -- The Sheepdogs
Classical Album -- large ensemble or soloist with large ensemble: Britten and Shostakovich: Violin Concerti, James Ehnes
Classical album -- solo or chamber ensemble: Prokofiev Complete Works for Violin, James Ehnes
Classical album -- vocal or choral performance: Lettres de Madame Roy a sa fille Gabrielle, Marie-Nicole Lemieux and Andre Gagnon
Classical composition: Field Notes, Allan Gordon Bell, Gravity and Grace
Vocal Jazz Album: Habitat, Christine Jensen Jazz Orchestra
Traditional Jazz Album: Ripple Effect, Mike Downes
Instrumental Album of the year: Fox, Karim Ouellet
World Music Album: Walk to the Sea, David Buchbinder and Odessa/Havana
Blues Album: Can you Hear the Music, Downchild
Contemporary Christian. gospel album: Trees, Tim Neufield
Children's album: Colour it, Helen Austin
Recording Engineer: Eric Ratz, Sweet Mountain River, the Lion-Furiosity-Monster Truck
Jack Richardson Producer: Henry (Cirkut) Walter (co-produced Luke Gottwald), Wrecking Ball featuring BANGERZ, Miley Cyrus; and Give it 2 U, Blurred Lines, Robin Thicke
Recording Package: Robyn Kotyk (art director, designer, illustrator), Petra Cushieri, Justin Peroff (designers), Arts and Crafts: 2003-2013 Arts and Crafts -- various artists