Juno Awards 2023: From The Weeknd sweeping titles to Avril Lavigne handling protestors, here are 5 key moments
Jessie Reyez, The Weeknd, and Abel Tesfaye won top honours at the 2023 Juno Awards. Read the five best moments from the ceremony here.
The 2023 Juno Award took place on March 13, Saturday in Edmonton. Hosted by Simu Liu, the prestigious ceremony presented over 40 awards and honoured Canada’s top musical artists. Avril Lavigne, The Weeknd, Nickelback, and a topless presenter made it a night to remember. Here’re the five highlights from the 2023 Juno Awards:
Avril Lavigne confronts shirtless protestor
Avril Lavigne bagged the fan-voted Fan Choice Award at the 2023 Juno Award. Besides her win, the singer drew everyone’s attention for how she handled a wildly unpredictable incident at the Canadian Juno Awards. A woman ran onto the stage behind the singer when she was introducing a performance by Punjabi artist AP Dhillon, at the start of the ceremony. Avril Lavigne confronted the shirtless environmental protester onstage at the Juno Awards. Though Avil first tried to ignore the crasher, then she turned around and told her to shut up. A message on her back stated “save the green belt”, presumably about the controversial development plans by the Ontario government.
It's the Weeknd
The Weeknd won five awards to become the biggest winner of this year’s Juno. The Weeknd took home five trophies which makes him the artist with the second-highest number of Juno awards, which is 22. Anne Murray comes first with 25 Junos.
Jessie Reyez becomes the “second” most decorated artist
Jessi Reyez, a Toronto-based singer, won the first award of the evening, contemporary R&B recording of the year, for her 2022 album Yessie.
Abel Tesfaye did it again!
Elsewhere on the night, Abel Tesfaye won four awards at the Juno Opening Night Awards. Besides, he earned one more award for “FM Dawn”. It was his third win in the category after Beauty Behind the Madness and After Hours.
Nickelback rocked Juno 2023
Nickelback performed a bold Medley of hits at the 2023 Juno Awards. Actor Ryan Reynolds called the band “the pride of Alberta” as the band rocked the stage with some of its top-most songs including "How You Remind Me", and "Rockstar" as well as the song "Animals" from the 2001 album Silver Side Up.
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