Mumford & Sons Frontman Marcus Mumford graced Toronto with his presence playing Massey Hall last night in support of his first ever Solo Disc, SELF-TITLED. The Disc, which confronts some traumas and pains Mumford has experienced, took him on the road in the U.S. in September, just wrapping in our City before he heads next to Europe for the next leg of his tour. The emotional performance brought his audience to tears as he gave fans his most raw, vulnerable self.
So thrilled to get to meet him quickly and he was gracious. I only wish my camera was a little more co-operative, not getting a chance to do a re-take as he rushed-off! Grateful nonetheless.
Carly Rae Jepsen was the big Winner at tonight’s JUNO Awards in Regina. The 28 year-old-Singer/Songwriter swept in three major categories for which she was nominated, including: Album of the Year (Kiss), Single of the Year (Call Me Maybe) and also Pop Album of the Year (Kiss). The Awards were hosted by Crooner Michael Bublé.
Beliebers, as much as they have supported Jepsen after their Idol helped expose her internationally, would not be shut-out however with Justin Bieber was named Winner of the Fan Choice Award.
Canadian Icon Leonard Cohen also took him some prestigious honours this year, including Artist of the Year and Songwriter of the Year – the latter repeating his feat in 1994, winning the same Award.
Toronto-based Rapper The Weeknd was rewarded handsomely for his work on Disc Trilogy, winning Breakthrough Artist of the Year and R&B/Soul Record of the Year.
Mariana’s Trench (fronted by Josh Ramsay who penned Call Me Maybe) was awarded Group of the Year, while Mumford & Sons won International Album of the Year with their Disc, Babel.
With just two months till the 2013 JUNO Awards, this year’s Nominees were announced today and dominating this year is Carly Rae Jepsen, who has made a big splash internationally with her Hit Call Me Maybe. Jepsen is in the running to win: JUNO Fan Choice, Single of the Year, Album of the Year, Artist of the Year and Pop Album of the Year.
Although he was responsible for helping her Call Me Maybe become a major Hit virally, Justin Bieber was no match for Jepsen, but certainly not disgraced. He’s up for four JUNOs this year including: Album of the Year, JUNO Fan Choice, Artist of the Yearand Pop Album of the Year.
Up for International Album of the Year this year are Mumford & Sons (Babel), Rod Stewart (Merry Christmas, Baby), Taylor Swift (Red), One Direction (Up All Night) and Maroon 5 (Overexposed), the latter coincidentally in Toronto today on-tour.
In addition to Canada’s Cream of the Crop in Music being at Regina’s Brandt Centre on JUNO Day, Megastar Michael Bublé will be performing a brand new Single that day. Fans have been hungry for non-Christmas Music from the Crooner since his Crazy Love was released in 2009.
Also, Sony Music Canada, Universal Music Canada and Warner Music Canada are teaming together to release a Compilation Disc containing this year’s Nominees, titled The JUNO Awards 2013 Nominee Compilation, in-stores March 19, 2013. Proceeds will go to MusiCounts, Canada’s Music Education Charity.
1. Carly Rae Jepsen Call Me Maybe
2. Justin Bieber Boyfriend
3. Hedley Kiss You Inside Out
4. Marianas Trench Desperate Measures
5. Metric Breathing Underwater
6. Billy Talent Surprise Surprise
7. The Sheepdogs Feeling Good
8. Victoria Duffield Shut Up and Dance
9. Deadmau5 The Veldt ft. Chris James
10. Johnny Reid Dedicated to You
11. Serena Ryder Stompa
12. Big Wreck Albatross
13. Rush Headlong Flight
14. Leonard Cohen Darkness
15. Celine Dion Parler à Mon Père
16. Walk Off the Earth Somebody That I Used to Know
17. Hey Ocean! Big Blue Wave
The 2013 JUNO Awards air Sunday, April 21, 2013 on CTV.
The Music Industry’s Who’s Who gathered at Staples Center in Los Angeles tonight for the 55th annual GRAMMY Awards. Ohio-formed Band The Black Keys came away the Evening’s top Winners with a total four Grammys tonight including Best Rock Album, El Camino and Best Rock Song and Best Rock Performance with Lonely Boy. Dan Auerbach who comprises one half of the Duo, won Best Producer, Non-Classical also; prior the Band had won three Grammys.
Winning coveted Song of the Year were New York-based Newcomers fun. featuring Janelle Monáe with their Hit Single, We Are Young. Oddsmakers at Ladbrokes nailed it, making the Tune the odds-on choice to win in the Category. The Trio also won Best New Artist.
Australian Sensation Gotye also won big tonight for Record of the Year and Best Pop Duo/Group Performance with his massive Hit Somebody That I Used to Know (ft. Kimbra), while also taking home Best Alternative Music Album for stateside debut, Making Mirrors. Typically, the Winner of Song of the Year wins Record of the Year, so this was a breaking of the mold.
British Folk Sensations Mumford & Sons won Album of the Year with their Disc Babel and also, Best Long Form Music Video for Big Easy Express. The Disc is also nominated for Album of the Year at the forthcoming BRIT Awards in their native UK.
Although she didn’t win Song of the Year with her hit What Doesn’t Kill You (Stronger), a recently-engaged Kelly Clarkson wins her third Grammy for Best Pop Vocal Album for her 2012 Disc, Stronger. Equally a Powerhouse Vocalist, Adele won her ninth Grammy for Best Pop Solo Performance with Set Fire to the Rain from former Album of the Year, 21.
Jay-Z and Kanye West as their Duo Watch the Throne won three Grammys for their Collaboration, N***s in Paris for Best Rap Song and Best Rap Performance and also No Church in the Wild (ft. Frank Ocean and The Dream) for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration. Ocean also won for Best Urban Contemporary Album with his Channel Orange, while Mrs. Carter herself Beyoncé, won Best Traditional R&B Performance with Love on Top. Toronto’s Drake was awarded Best Rap Album for Take Care, his sophomore effort.
American Idol Winner Carrie Underwood added two more Grammys to her collection, winning Best Country Solo Performance and Best Country Song for Blown Away.
Check-out some of the fashion from the Grammys tonight below! Clearly Rihanna was the Belle of the Ball in Azzedine Alaia.