The Weeknd picks up five trophies at the 2016 Juno Awards

Toronto's The Weeknd is the reigning king of Canadian music after scooping up five trophies, including Album of the Year for his hit record Beauty Behind the Madness, at the 2016 Juno Awards. The overwhelmed singer thanked his mom for "putting up with all my bull for so long" and of course his fans, “I wouldn’t be here without you!” he declared. The singer accepted three of his awards at a special gala reception on Saturday night prior to Sunday's bash.

It's already been quite a year for the 26-year-old, who captured two awards at the GRAMMYs in February and scored his first Oscar nomination for his song "Earned It" off the Fifty Shades of Grey soundtrack.


The Weeknd scooped up five trophies in Calgary. Photo: © Getty Images

Calgary's Saddledome was ablaze with Canada's best musical talents, including Alessia Cara who snagged her first ever Juno. When the 19-year-old singer took the stage to accept her Breakthrough Artist award, she admitted, "I’ve never made an acceptance speech before so this is going to be horrible.” Backstage the singer was still in disbelief, telling reporters, "It’s insane. It really doesn’t feel like it’s real. I was just telling my mom it really doesn’t feel like it’s happening."


Other notable winners include Drake (Rap Recording of the Year), Justin Bieber (Fan Choice and Pop Album of the Year) and Walk Off the Earth (Group of the Year). While Drake and Justin were unable to attend the show, the latter did send a short acceptance speech via video.

Avril and Chad walked the red carpet together. Photo: © Getty Images

The night's excitement started on the red carpet where stars strutted their stuff for photographers. Amongst the A-listers were Avril Lavigne and Chad Kroeger, who continued to keep everyone guessing about their relationship by walking the red carpet together.


Album of the year

Drake, If You're Reading This It's Too Late
Jean Leloup, À Paradis City
Justin Bieber, Purpose
Shawn Mendes, Handwritten
The Weeknd, Beauty Behind the Madness -- WINNER

JUNO Fan Choice

Alessia Cara
Carly Rae Jepsen
Justin Bieber -- WINNER
Coeur de pirate
Dean Brody
Shawn Hook
Shawn Mendes
The Weeknd
Walk Off the Earth

Breakthrough artist of the year

Alessia Cara -- WINNER
Coleman Hell
Francesco Yates
Scott Helman
Tobais Jesso Jr.

Country album of the year

Autumn Hill, Anchor
Brett Kissel, Pick Me Up
Dean Brody, Gypsy Road -- WINNER
High Valley, County Line
Paul Brandt, Frontier

Single of the year

Alessia Cara, "Here"
Drake, "Hotline Bling"
Justin Bieber, "What Do You Mean?"
Ria Mae, "Clothes Off"
The Weeknd, "Can't Feel My Face" -- WINNER

Group of the year

Walk Off the Earth -- WINNER
Marianas Trench
Three Days Grace

Songwriter of the year

Abel Tesfaye-- WINNER
Béatrice Martin
Buffy Sainte-Marie
Dallas Green
Tobias Jesso Jr.

Dance recording of the year

A-Trak feat. Jamie Lidell, "We All Fall Down"
Autoerotique & Max Styler, "Badman (Torro Torro Remix)"
Borgeous and Lights, "Zero Gravity"
Keys N Krates feat. Katy B, "Save Me" -- WINNER
Sleepy Tom & Diplo, "Be Right There"

International album of the year

Adele, 25 -- WINNER
Hozier, Hozier
Meghan Trainor, Title
One Direction, Four
Vance Joy, Dream Your Life Away

Artist of the year

City and Colour
Justin Bieber
Shawn Mendes
The Weeknd -- WINNER

Video of the year

Death From Above 1979, "Virgins" (Eva Michon)
Pup, "Dark Days" (Jeremy Schaulin-Rioux and Chandler Levack)
SonReal, "For the Town" (Peter Huang)
Kalle Mattson, "Avalanche" (Philip Sportel)
Adele, "Hello" (Xavier Dolan) -- WINNER

Rap recording of the year

BadBadNotGood and Ghostface Killah, Sour Soul
Drake, If You're Reading This It's Too Late -- WINNER
Kardinal Offishall, Kardi Gras Vol. 1: The Clash
k-os, Can't Fly Without Gravity
SonReal, For the Town

R&B/soul recording of the year

Alessia Cara, Four Pink Walls
August Rigo, The Fall Out
Dru, Déjà Vu
Patrick Lehman, Butchy's Son
The Weeknd, Beauty Behind the Madness -- WINNER

Pop album of the year

Hedley, Hello
Justin Bieber, Purpose -- WINNER
Scott Helman, Augusta
Shawn Mendes, Handwritten
Walk Off the Earth, Sing it all Away

Rock album of the year

Bryan Adams, Get Up
Death From Above 1979, The Physical World -- WINNER
Matthew Good, Chaotic Neutral
Nickelback, No Fixed Address
The Sheepdogs, Future Nostalgia

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