Furtado nets 5 Juno Awards



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Singer Nelly Furtado floats onto the stage to begin hosting the Juno Awards at Credit Union Centre in Saskatoon, Sask., last night.


SASKATOON, SASK. — Maybe they should have called it the Furtado Awards.

With a shake of her hips — and flaps of her arms — singer-songwriter Nelly Furtado left her competitors grounded at last night’s 2007 Juno Awards at the Credit Union Centre, sweeping every category she was nominated for and setting a new personal best for wins in one year with five: Album of the year for Loose, Single of the year for Promiscuous feat. Timbaland, and the Juno fan choice award.

Not that there was much doubt the Victoria, B.C., girl-next-door-turned-pop-sexpot would dominate the proceedings. The Buble-smackin’ (under the guise of her Portugese auntie Tia Maria) diva had already won artist of the year and pop album of the year during Saturday night’s gala before performing a medley of her hits and hosting the prestigious Canadian music showcase.

“I didn’t think I was going to win this award,” Furtado said after accepting the prize for her song for Promiscuous from athlete Rick Hansen. “Thank you for accepting me. I love you.”

If Furtado reigned supreme on the weekend, Toronto’s faux-punk quartet Billy Talent (who opened the show with nominated single Devil In A Midnight Mass), were the heirs apparent, but only winning in categories where Furtado was nowhere to be found. Their wins for rock album of the year (Billy Talent II) and group of the year elbowed out perennial icons Sloan and The Tragically Hip.

“It’s a nice validation to tell your parents to shut up and say, ‘see?’ ” lead singer Ben Kowalewicz said after accepting the award for best group, during which they dedicated their win to fellow ban Alexisonfire. “Follow your heart and you’ll be OK. Follow your dreams.”

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k-os performs during the ceremony.

R&B/hip-hop star and another Torontonian, k-os, paid for last year’s bad behaviour (hurling crude insults at a music critic and hard rocker Danko Jones) by getting shut out of all five categories he was nominated for.

last night’s winners

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Haydain Neale of Jacksoul hoists his hardware for R&B soul/recording of the year for mySOUL.

  • Juno fan choice award: Nelly Furtado

  • Group of the year: Billy Talent

  • New artist of the year: Tomi Swick

  • Single of the year: Promiscuous, Nelly Furtado

  • R&B soul/recording of the year: mySOUL, jacksoul

  • Rock album of the year: Billy Talent II, Billy Talent

  • Album of the year: Loose, Nelly Furtado

  • For a full list of winners, go to www.junoawards.ca.