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Juno Award: already three victories for Montreal singer Charlotte Cardin

TORONTO — Montreal singer Charlotte Cardin stood out on Saturday night as she took to the stage three times to collect her prizes at the 2022 Juno Awards, which recognize the best in music Canadian.

A first awards ceremony was held Saturday evening at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.

Charlotte Cardin won the prestigious Artist of the Year awards. She also received the statuette for song of the year, thanks to her composition Meaningless.

The singer-songwriter also took home honors for pop album of the year. She is also nominated in the TikTok People’s Choice category.

Charlotte Cardin has been the star of the Juno Awards since being nominated for six awards, edging out superstars Justin Bieber and The Weeknd, who have been nominated four times. They followed closely on Saturday night with two wins.

During her acceptance speech on Saturday evening, Charlotte Cardin seemed very excited about her victories and showed a broad smile. She thanked those close to her and those who contributed to the release of her first career album. “I promise you that I will continue to work very hard to produce great music,” she said after receiving the Artist of the Year award.

However, it did not win the music video of the year award. Montreal filmmaker Xavier Dolan received the distinction in this category for his music video Easy on me by singer Adele.

In addition, the French-language album put Cœur de pirate, Vincent Vallière, Louis-Jean Cormier, Roxane Bruneau and Fouki in competition. Cœur de pirate has won this prize. She was also nominated for Instrumental Album of the Year. New Brunswick-born artist David Myles received the award for his album The Tall Distance.

Quebecer Roxane Bruneau was one of the artists who performed on the gala stage on Saturday evening. During the main Juno Awards evening, which will take place on Sunday, Charlotte Cardin will perform on stage in turn.

Quebec artists in the spotlight

The distinction for the classical album (large ensemble) was awarded to L’Harmonie des saisons, whose directors are Eric Milnes and Hélène Brunet. This musical ensemble was founded in Granby in 2010 and now performs regularly on tour in Canada, the United States, South America and Europe.

Andrew Wan and Charles Richard-Hamelin took home the award for Classical Album of the Year (Solo or Small Ensemble).

The singer-songwriter, Allison Russell, who is a native of Montreal, received the small trophy for the contemporary roots album of the year thanks to her album Outside Child.

The award for Global Music Album of the Year went to Montreal band Afrikana Soul Sister. “Music is to learn from everyone and that’s what my friends showed me,” said multi-instrumentalist Jean-François Lemieux during his speech.

He was on stage alongside the percussionist Fa Cissohko and the singer of the group Djely Tapa. She praised the musical diversity present in the country. “Cultural diversity is what everyone gives of their culture. This is the beauty of our Canada,” she said.

This year, the Juno Awards wanted to put more spotlight on the music of Indigenous artists. The gala included two new categories aimed at showcasing artists from Indigenous communities.

Contemporary Aboriginal Artist or Group of the Year was won by Emily D’Angelo, while Garth Prince won in the Traditional Aboriginal Artist or Group of the Year category.

In addition to Charlotte Cardin, other Quebec artists shone at the 2022 Juno Awards gala. Montreal-based band Half Moon Run picked up the award for Alternative Adult Album of the Year. Keiko Devaux took top honors in the Classical Composition of the Year category.

Mykaël Nelson, Nicolas Lemieux and Albert Zablit received the award for album design of the year. Dance recording of the year was awarded to Kaytranda.

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