Singer-songwriter Buffy Sainte-Marie opened 50th annual Juno Awards on Sunday by asking for compassion following the recent announcement by the Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc First Nation that preliminary findings from a survey conducted by a specialist in ground-penetrating radar indicated the remains of what could be 215 children buried on the site of a former residential school in Kamloops, B.C.
“It’s shocking to some people and a revelation. But it’s not news to Indigenous people,” she said.
Sunday’s broadcast wrapped up a week of events, including opening night on Friday where the Junos gave out 37 awards, including Rap Recording of the Year, Rock Album of the Year and more.
Early winners announced Sunday included Savannah Ré, who won Traditional R&B/Soul Recording Of The Year for Solid, while The Weeknd was named Artist of the Year.
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The night kicked off with performance of Somebody by Justin Bieber. The show will also include Jann Arden’s induction into the Canadian Music Hall and performances by The Tragically Hip featuring Feist, Ali Gatie and more.
The awards will be broadcast on CBC TV, CBC Gem, CBC Radio One and will stream globally at 8 pm ET/5 pm PT on CBCMusic.ca/junos.
CBC News will be updating all winners throughout the evening. A full list of winners from opening night can be found here.
- Traditional R&B/Soul Recording Of The Year — Solid, Savannah Ré.
- Artist of the Year — The Weeknd.
- Breakthrough Artist of the Year — JP Saxe.
- Pop Album of the Year
- Album of the Year
- Juno Fan Choice