Juno Awards 2022: Charlotte Cardin wins big on opening night

Charlotte Cardin and The Weeknd were among the big winners at the Juno Opening Night Awards in Toronto on Saturday, with over 40 awards in various categories.

Streamed live from the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, the ceremony was hosted by CBC’s The block presenter Angeline Tetteh-Wayoe and Canadian comedian Ann Pornel. The second night of the Juno Awards will take place on Sunday night and will be broadcast live on CBC.

Cardin from Montreal won three awards, including single of the year, pop album of the year for Phoenix and artist of the year. Cardin also had the most nominations of the night.

“This is so special to me,” she said after winning artist of the year. “I’ll keep working hard.”

“It’s the most beautiful gift. There are no words to describe this feeling. I released this album with great, great pride,” she said of her second release.

Toronto singer-songwriter Mustafa, who won an Alternative Album of the Year Juno for When the smoke risesaccepted his award in recognition of the loss of his friends in the Regent Park neighborhood.

Toronto artist Mustafa won the alternative album of the year award. He told the crowd that his album was a work documenting the loss. (CARAS/iPhoto)

“I wrote a record about death, I wrote a record about loss,” he said, adding that it was important for him to document that loss. He also noted being the first black Muslim winner in this category and why we should rethink the “firsts”.

“Being first of anything should now be criticized more than celebrated.”

The artist added that he is in good company in the Canadian songwriting community. “I feel so privileged to come from a legacy – or to be in a nation that has a legacy of great songwriters.”

Toronto’s The Weeknd won two awards, choosing Contemporary R&B Record of the Year for take my breath and songwriter of the year.

The night also included performances by several 2022 Juno Award nominees: Roxane Bruneau, Ruby Waters, Allison Russell and indie band Valley, as well as Jesse Gold, an artist from the 2021-22 Allan Slaight Juno Master Class shortlist.

Jesse Gold, from Toronto, was one of five performers at the ceremony. (CARAS/iPhoto)

Tribute to Canada’s Pioneers

It was also a night to recognize some of Canada’s most prolific names in music. Denise Jones, who passed away in 2020, was honored with the 2022 Walt Grealis Special Achievement Award for championing Canada’s Afro-Caribbean culture.

His sons Jerimi and Jesse, who accepted the award on his behalf, noted that his mother was the true embodiment of hope and was the reason Junos introduced a reggae category in 1985.

“My brother and I stand before you tonight as testimonies of the love, guidance and wisdom bestowed on young people,” Jeremi said.

Humanitarian Award recipient Susan Aglukark at the Juno Opening Night Awards. (CARAS/iPhoto)

Juno Award-winning Inuk artist Susan Aglukark received the Humanitarian Award and told CBC News her songwriting and singing were healing.

Aglukark, who grew up in Nunavut, also started the Arctic Rose Foundation, bringing guest artists to schools and creating spaces for Northern Inuit, First Nations and Métis children to make art in after-school programs.

“I just know how lucky I was. This wasn’t the plan when I moved here – and look!”

A diverse list of winners

This year’s Juno nominees list was among the most diverse in history, with a handful of newly graduated winners taking the podium to collect their awards.

R&B artist Savannah Ré won the Traditional R&B/Soul Record of the Year award for the second time in a row — the category was only introduced in 2021.

She named Canadian singer-songwriters Melanie Fiona and Deborah Cox as women who helped her throughout her career.

“I’m huge fans of these women and they’ve been nothing but open and welcoming, so I’ll always do the same. I’ll always pay it forward.”

Garth Prince, a Namibian-Canadian musician whose album falling in africa won children’s album of the year, grew up under apartheid in South Africa.

Songs inspired by that experience resonate with Canadians and people around the world who are losing their language and culture to colonialism, he said.

From left, Savannah Ré, Kairo McLean and Garth Prince. This year’s Juno nominees list was among the most diverse in history. (Tijana Martin/The Canadian Press)

At previous Juno Awards, there was only one category for indigenous music. This award has now been split in two – one for traditional and one for contemporary.

DJ Shub, the first winner in the latter category, is a former student of electronic group A Tribe Called Red.

Artist Mohawk said his new album war club uses recordings by drummers and singers from their traditional territory, the Six Nations of Grande Rio.

Thirteen-year-old Kairo McLean took home the reggae record of the year for his album easy now. The young musician said his plan is to keep making music and “improve from here”.

“It’s really thanks to people like Bob Marley, Peter Tosh… also my dad. He’s a bass player.”

DJ Shub, alumnus of electronic group A Tribe Called Red, won the award for contemporary indigenous artist or group of the year. (CARAS/iPhoto)

Below is the complete list of winners:

pop album of the year
Phoenix, Charlotte Cardin

Reggae Record of the Year
easy nowCairo McLean

Jazz Album of the Year (group)
World visionavatar

Album art of the year
Mykaël Nelson, Nicolas Lemieux, Albert Zablit

Contemporary R&B Record of the Year
take my breathThe weekend

Contemporary Indigenous Artist or Group of the Year
war clubDJ Shub

Jazz Album of the Year (solo)
Change of plansWill Bonness

Classic Album of the Year (solo artist)
enargeiaEmily D’Angelo

Jack Richardson Producer of the Year

Innovative group of the year

Contemporary Christian/Gospel Album of the Year
no greater loveThe Dream of Colors

Classic Album of the Year (Big Set)
solfege, The Harmony of the Seasons, conducted by Eric Milnes ft. Helen Brunet

single of the year
MeaninglessCharlotte Cardin

Walt Grealis Special Achievement Award
Denise Jones

Comedy Album of the Year
grandma’s girl Grandma’s Son Andrea Jin Jin Yuqi

Dance recording of the year

Children’s album of the year
falling in africaGarth Prince

Instrumental album of the year
That high distanceDavid Myles

Musicounts Inspired Minds Ambassador Award
Dallas Green

Alternative album of the year
When the smoke risesmustafa

Classic composition of the year
arrasKeiko Devaux

Traditional R&B/Soul Record of the Year
24 hoursSavannah Re

rock album of the year
Non-Twin Sisters (The Professional Lovers Album)The beaches

Vocal Jazz Album of the Year
Now pronouncing: Caity Gyorgy

International album of the year
SourOlivia Rodrigo

Global Music Album of the Year
FishAfrikana Soul Sister

Adult Alternative Album of the Year
In and forwardHalf Moon Race

Humanitarian Award
Susan I’m opening

country album of the year
What is life?Brett Kissel

Francophone Album of the Year
impossible to lovepirate heart

Traditional Roots Album of the Year
Cheerful flaming bannerMaria Dunn

Adult Contemporary Album of the Year
The art of falling apartSerena Ryder

Blues Album of the Year
open roadColin James

Classic Album of the Year (small set)
Beethoven: Sonatas for Violin and Piano/Violin Sonatas Nos. 1, 2, 3 and 5Andrew Wan and Charles Richard-Hamelin

Recording Engineer of the Year
Kourkutis Hill

rap single of the year

Metal/hard music album of the year
bleed the futurearchspire

Electronic album of the year
oasis skyTOR

video clip of the year
easy for me (Adele), Xavier Dolan

composer of the year
The weekend

Contemporary Roots Album of the Year
Outer SonAllison Russell

Underground Dance Single of the Year
shadows in the dark ft. Elliot Moss HNTR

Traditional indigenous artist or group of the year
Kakikefawn wood

Artist of the Year
Charlotte Cardin

Watch the 2022 Juno Awards at 8pm ET on May 15 at CBCmusic.ca/junos, CBC Music Facebook, CBC Music Twitter, CBC Music YouTube, CBC Music TikTok and CBC jewelry.

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