Last night the 2023 Juno Awards were held in Edmonton, Alberta. The Weeknd won Album of the Year for Dawn FM, beating out Ali Gatie, Avril Lavigne, Nav, and Tate McRae.
The Weeknd became the second most decorated Juno winner of all time, adding home five awards to his total. He wasn’t in attendance on awards night, which was hosted by actor Simu Liu.
Jessie Reyez brought home the award for Contemporary R&B Recording of the Year with Yessie. Adria Kain, dvsn, Dylan Sinclair, and Savannah Ré were nominated. Reyez also performed “Mutual Friend.”
Neither Dax nor RealestK won in the Breakthrough artist of the year category, losing to Timmins, Ontario, singer Preston Pablo. Pablo also performed a medley with Montreal duo Banx & Ranx, along with Rêve.
Maestro Fresh Wes presented Tobi with Rap Album/EP of the Year for the as-of-yet unreleased Shall I Continue? beating out Boslen, Classified, Jazz Cartier, and Nav.
Indo-Canadian star AP Dhillon was also there to sing his Punjabi smash “Summer High.”
Just before, a topless streaker with the message “Save the Greenbelt” on her body ran on stage while Avril Lavigne was presenting Dhillon. “Get the fuck off, bitch!” Lavigne said to the protestor. Later while receiving a Fan Choice Award, Lavigne said, “Now nobody try anything this time or the Canadian’s gonna come out of me and I’ll fuck a bitch up.”
There was also a tribute to Hip-Hop’s 50th anniversary, hosted by Haviah Mighty and Kardinal Offishall.
A slew of awards were given out the night before at the 2023 Juno Opening Night Awards.