#JUNOS: CHARLOTTE CARDIN WINS TOP HONOURS AT 2022 JUNO OPENING NIGHT GALA
The 2022 JUNO Opening Night Awards were held tonight at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, in advance of tomorrow night’s Broadcast Gala at Budweiser Stage!
Taking home top honours was Montreal’s CHARLOTTE CARDIN, taking three awards: Single of the Year Presented by Live Nation Canada, Artist of the Year Presented by SiriusXM Canada and Pop Album of the Year for PHOENIX. Scarborough’s THE WEEKND followed Cardin with two awards for Contemporary R&B Recording of the Year and Songwriter of the Year Presented by SOCAN.
The Opening Night Awards marked the first time 24 Artists won JUNOs, including the likes of Allison Russell (Contemporary Roots Album of the Year), Andrea Jin 金玉琪 (Comedy Album of the Year Presented by SiriusXM Canada), Charmaine (Rap Single of the Year Presented by ADVANCE, Canada’s Black Music Business Collective), youngest ever JUNO winner Kairo McLean at age 13 (Reggae Recording of the Year), MONOWHALES (Breakthrough Group of the Year Presented by FACTOR, The Government of Canada and Canada’s Private Radio Broadcasters), Mustafa (Alternative Album of the Year Presented by CBC Music) and more. Global Pop sensation Olivia Rodrigo also won International Album of the Year for her debut LP SOUR.
Major honourees tonight also included Denise Jones, posthumously awarded the Walt Grealis Special Achievement Award. Accepting the award on behalf of Denise were her two sons Jesse and Jerimi. Three-time JUNO Award winner, Susan Aglukark, was recognized with the 2022 Humanitarian Award Presented by Music Canada. Aglukark was honoured for her commitment to improving the lives of children and youth in Northern Indigenous communities. Dallas Green was named the MusiCounts Inspired Minds Ambassador Award Presented by Canadian Scholarship Trust Foundation with the award for his dedicated support of MusiCounts and music education.
Complete list of winners here.
The Broadcast Gala, hosted by Simu Liu, airs 8 PM ET on CBC.
(Photo credit: CARAS)