Nickelback: Your Slightly Terrifying Face Of Canadian Rock

Canadian heshers Nickelback took home Album Of The Year, Group Of The Year, and the Juno Fan Choice Award at last night’s Juno Awards, which reward the best that Canadian music has to offer. (Gene Simmons is probably very, very excited right now.) Other winners: The sinewy Kardinal Offishall/Akon collab “Dangerous,” which won Single Of The Year; Alanis Morrissette, whose Flavors Of Entanglement picked up the Pop Album trophy; and the Stills, who brought home New Group of the Year and the Alternative Album award. Full list of winners after the jump.



Album of the Year: Nickelback, Dark Horse

Single of the Year: Kardinal Offishall, “Dangerous”


Group of the Year: Nickelback

Artist of the Year: Sam Roberts

Juno Fan Choice Award: Nickelback

Songwriter of the Year: Dallas Green (“Waiting…”; “Sleeping Sickness”; “The Girl” from Bring Me Your Love by City and Colour)


New Group of the Year: The Stills

New Artist of the Year: Lights

Rap Recording of the Year: Kardinal Offishall, Not 4 Sale

International Album of the Year: Coldplay, Viva La Vida

Country Recording of the Year: Doc Walker, Beautiful Life

Adult Alternative Album of the Year: Serena Ryder, is it o.k

Alternative Album of the Year: The Stills, Oceans Will Rise

Pop Album of the Year: Alanis Morissette, Flavors of Entanglement

Rock Album of the Year: Sam Roberts, Love at the End of the World

Vocal Jazz Album of the Year: Molly Johnson, Lucky

Contemporary Jazz Album of the Year: Jane Bunnett, Embracing Voices

Traditional Jazz Album of the Year: Oliver Jones, Second Time Around

Instrumental Album of the Year: DJ Brace presents the Electric Nosehair Orchestra, Nostomania

Francophone Album of the Year: Ariane Moffatt, Tous les sens

Children’s Album of the Year: Barenaked Ladies, Snacktime!

Classical Album of the Year: James Ehnes, Homage

Classical Album of the Year (Large Ensemble or Soloist(s) with Large Ensemble Accompaniment): Orchestre symphonique de Montreal/Kent Nagano, Beethoven: Ideals of the French Revolution

Classical Album of the Year (Vocal or Choral Performance): Ensemble Caprice, Gloria! Vivaldi’s Angels

Classical Composition of the Year: John Burge, “Flanders Fields Reflections”

R&B/Soul Recording of the Year: Divine Brown, The Love Chronicles

Dance Recording of the Year: Deadmau5, Random Album Title

Reggae Recording of the Year: Humble, Everything

Aboriginal Album of the Year: Buffy Sainte-Marie, Running For the Drum

Roots & Traditional Album of the Year (Solo): Old Man Luedecke, Proof of Love

Roots & Traditional Album of the Year (Group): Chic Gamine

Blues Album of the Year: Julian Fauth, Ramblin’ Son

Contemporary Christian/Gospel Album of the Year: Downhere, Ending is Beginning

World Music Album of the Year: Jayme Stone & Mansa Sissoko, Africa to Appalachia

Jack Richardson Producer of the Year: Daniel Lanois, “Here Is What Is”/”Not Fighting Anymore” (from Here Is What Is by Daniel Lanois)

Recording Engineer of the Year: Kevin Churko, “Disappearing”/”The Big Bang” (from U-Catastrophone by Simon Collins)

CD/DVD Artwork Design of the Year: Anouk Pennel (Director/Designer); Stephane Poirier (Illustrator), “En concert dans la foret des mal-aimes avec l’Orchestre Metropolitain du Grand Montreal” by Pierre Lapointe

Video of the Year: Anthony Seck, “Honey Honey” (Feist)

Music DVD of the Year: Christopher Mills, director; Geoff McLean, producer, “Blue Road” by Blue Rodeo

JUNO Awards [Official site]

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  • sicksteanein

    God, we’re really sorry, you guys.

    I mean the Nickelback thing sucks but having had the pleasure of playing with Kreesha Turner and the displeasure of playing with Lights over the last year, I’m really pissed at the best new artist award.

    Kreesha can (as Randy Jackson would say) “really blow”, while lights just blows. Ugh.

  • Thierry

    @sicksteanein: How about the Stills? They won Best New Group after an 3-album recording career that’s included a debut that featured a minor hit single (“Still In Love Song”) and garnered a 4-star review in Rolling Stone…6 years ago! Not to mention Best Alternative Album over four other far-more-lauded nominees (Black Mountain, Chad Vangaalen, Plants & Animals, and Fucked Up – whose album is probably the most lavishly praised Canadian record since BSS or the Arcade Fire released their respective debuts!).

    The show was pretty embarrassing overall (from the multiple airing of the same “I’m going to smoke the stage” joke to the Zeppelin-aping finale of “Gallow’s Pole”), the surprising highlight for me coming from Bryan Adams’ duet with Kathleen Edwards, where the former cracked up mid performance and needed a few bars to get back to the lyrics.

  • Thierry

    @sicksteanein: Oh, and agreed – Lights are really terrible.

  • Anonymous

    Gosh…
    World…I am sorry..

    But if it makes you all feel better…this isn’t really what represents Canadians musically…

    Thank God!

  • DocStrange

    @Thierry: Yeah…that was what I thought of: aren’t the Stills reasonably famous for “Still in Love Song”? Is this like when Belle and Sebastian won Best New Artist at the BRIT Awards with their third album? or how the Grammy for Best New Artist doesn’t actually mean anything anymore?

  • Cos

    I think the biggest news is the Stills bit.

    I know the Grammys routinely give away New Artist awards for veteran bands that recently fly on the mainstream radar, but I do remember The Stills getting a lot of ink a few years back. Here in LA, they got tons of spins on KCRW and Indie, and I think they even were on KROQ for a bit.

  • T’Challa

    @Cos: I’m with you. The only bummer about the Stills is how they went from awesome (their first EP and album still have many jams) to pulling a Killers and going all Springsteen on us. That made me sad. They’re really cool dudes, though. I got to hang with them on their first U.S. tour and they were extremely bright guys, especially the kind of portly keyboardist that always gets hidden in the back.

  • T’Challa

    @Cos: I’m with you. The only bummer about the Stills is how they went from awesome (their first EP and album still have many jams) to pulling a Killers and going all Springsteen on us. That made me sad. They’re really cool dudes, though. I got to hang with them on their first U.S. tour and they were extremely bright guys, especially the kind of portly keyboardist that always gets hidden in the back.

  • T’Challa

    @Cos: I’m with you. The only bummer about the Stills is how they went from awesome (their first EP and album still have many jams) to pulling a Killers and going all Springsteen on us. That made me sad. They’re really cool dudes, though. I got to hang with them on their first U.S. tour and they were extremely bright guys, especially the kind of portly keyboardist that always gets hidden in the back.

  • T’Challa

    @Cos: I’m with you. The only bummer about the Stills is how they went from awesome (their first EP and album still have many jams) to pulling a Killers and going all Springsteen on us. That made me sad. They’re really cool dudes, though. I got to hang with them on their first U.S. tour and they were extremely bright guys, especially the kind of portly keyboardist that always gets hidden in the back.

  • T’Challa

    @Cos: I’m with you. The only bummer about the Stills is how they went from awesome (their first EP and album still have many jams) to pulling a Killers and going all Springsteen on us. That made me sad. They’re really cool dudes, though. I got to hang with them on their first U.S. tour and they were extremely bright guys, especially the kind of portly keyboardist that always gets hidden in the back.

  • T’Challa

    @Cos: I’m with you. The only bummer about the Stills is how they went from awesome (their first EP and album still have many jams) to pulling a Killers and going all Springsteen on us. That made me sad. They’re really cool dudes, though. I got to hang with them on their first U.S. tour and they were extremely bright guys, especially the kind of portly keyboardist that always gets hidden in the back.

  • T’Challa

    @Cos: I’m with you. The only bummer about the Stills is how they went from awesome (their first EP and album still have many jams) to pulling a Killers and going all Springsteen on us. That made me sad. They’re really cool dudes, though. I got to hang with them on their first U.S. tour and they were extremely bright guys, especially the kind of portly keyboardist that always gets hidden in the back.

  • Anonymous

    sometimes i really hate my country.

    perhaps the reason why the stills were nominated this year, and not when they actually first came out is the fact that sales play a major role in the nomination process… i don’t know if their latest album has outsold their debut (my general disinterest toward their music following logic will break your heart prevents me from knowing such things), but it would make some sense if that were the case.

    regardless, the junos are really out of touch and have been for a very long time.

  • bcapirigi

    @DocStrange: I don’t think the Grammy for Best New Artist ever actually meant anything, did it?

  • Anonymous

    Reading CBC Radio 3′s Twitter posts during the ceremony was rather depressing. I figure it was better than watching the real thing.