Singer-songwriter Serena Ryder beat a few pop heavyweights – Celine Dion, Michael Buble, Robin Thicke and Drake, to be exact – to win artist of the year at this year’s Juno Awards, which honors Canadian music. As seen during her acceptance speech, the news floored her.
“Holy shit, look at all the amazing artists that I was with,” she said, after apologizing for taking so long to get on stage (she was hugging loved ones) and shouting out to fellow winners Tegan and Sara (Heartthrob won Pop Album of the Year) and before hugging the actual award tightly. For a moment, Ryder also paused to make a confession. “You know when your lips get all weird and tight when you’re nervous and you don’t feel like you can talk?” she said. “Well, that’s what’s happening right now.”
Ryder won her first Juno Award in 2008 for Best New Artist. By then, she had only released one album, 2005′s Unlikely Emergency, but already opened for Aerosmith. Her fourth album, 2012′s Harmony, got a stateside release the following year as one of its singles, “Stompa,” was featured on Grey’s Anatomy (and on this site).
See Ryder’s (adorable) Juno Awards acceptance speech after the jump.