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The Weeknd & Charlotte Cardin Win Big at 2022 Juno Awards’ ‘Opening Night Awards’ (Full Winners List)

The Weeknd & Charlotte Cardin Win Big at 2022 Juno Awards’ ‘Opening Night Awards’ (Full Winners List)

Paul Grein (15/05/2022)

Hill Kourkoutis became the first woman to win recording engineer of the year. WondaGurl became the first woman to win producer of the year twice.

The Weeknd and Charlotte Cardin each won multiple awards at the 2022 Juno Awards’ ‘Opening Night Awards’ ceremony, which was held at Metro Toronto Convention Centre in Toronto on Saturday (May 14). More than 40 awards were presented at the event, which is similar to the Grammys’ Premiere Ceremony, at which the bulk of their awards are presented.

Cardin won three awards — artist of the year, single of the year for “Meaningless” and pop album of the year for her debut, Phoenix, which spent two weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard Canadian Albums chart.

Cardin is the first female artist to win artist of the year since Serena Ryder eight years ago. She’s the first female solo artist to win single of the year for a solo recording (not a collab) since Carly Rae Jepsen won nine years ago for the global smash “Call Me Maybe.”

Cardin led this year’s Juno nominations with six nods (one more than The Weeknd and Justin Bieber, who had five each). The Montreal-born singer-songwriter sings pop, electro and jazz. Cardin, 27, was nominated for Juno Awards in 2018 for breakthrough artist of the year and songwriter of the year.

The Weeknd won two prizes. He took songwriter of the year for the third time and contemporary R&B recording of the year for “Take My Breath.” Only two other songwriters have won songwriter of the year (or its predecessor categories, composer of the year and best songwriter) three or more times. Jim Vallance won four times. Bryan Adams also won three times.

Producer WondaGurl and engineer Hill Kourkoutis each made Juno Awards history. WondaGurl became the first female to win producer of the year twice. She also won last year. Kourkoutis, who in March became the first female ever nominated for recording engineer of the year, is now the first female ever to win in that category.

Olivia Rodrigo’s Sour won international album of the year. The 19-year old phenom accepted via a video. Rodrigo’s “good 4 u,” one of the biggest hits from the album, won international song of the year at the Brit Awards in February. In April, Rodrigo won three Grammys, including best pop vocal album.

Kaytranada, won won two Grammys in March 2021, won dance recording of the year for his non-album single “Caution.”

Canadian director Xavier Dolan won music video of the year for directing Adele’s “Easy on Me.”

The Junos introduced a new category this year, underground dance single of the year, to draw attention to less mainstream sounds with roots in subgenres of electronic music. The inaugural winner was “Shadows in the Dark” by HNTR featuring Elliot Moss.

Denise Jones, one of the most influential voices in Canada’s Black entertainment community, was posthumously awarded the 2022 Walt Grealis special achievement award. The award was accepted by her sons, Jesse and Jeremy.

Angeline Tetteh-Wayoe and Ann Pornel hosted the celebration, which featured performances by nominees Ruby Waters, Valley, Allison Russell, Roxane Bruneau and 2020-21 Allan Slaight Juno masterclass shortlister Jesse Gold.

Simu Liu, star of the box-office smash Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, will host the 2022 Juno Awards, which will air live on Sunday, May 15, at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT. This will be the first in-person Juno ceremony in three years, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Also, this will be the first time the ceremony has been held in Toronto since 2011 – when Michael Bublé was crowned new artist of the year.

Shawn Mendes will be honored with a special international achievement award to honor his global impact in music. Deborah Cox will be inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame. Cox, best known for her 1998 R&B smash “Nobody’s Supposed to Be Here,” is the first Black female artist to receive that honor.

Fans can watch the 2022 Juno Awards on CBC-TV, CBC Gem, CBC Radio One, CBC Music and CBC Listen. The show will also stream globally on cbcmusic.ca/junos, CBC Music’s FacebookYouTube and Twitter pages.

Here’s the full list of winners from the Juno Awards’ ‘Opening Night Awards.’

Artist of the year: Charlotte Cardin, Cult Nation*The Orchard

Single of the year: “Meaningless,” Charlotte Cardin, Cult Nation*The Orchard

Songwriter of the year: Abel “The Weeknd” Tesfaye

Jack Richardson producer of the year: WondaGurl  

Recording engineer of the year: Hill Kourkoutis

Music video of the year: “Easy on Me,” Xavier Dolan (Adele), Columbia*Sony

International album of the year: Sour, Olivia Rodrigo, Universal

Breakthrough group of the year: Monowhales, True Records*ADA

Pop album of the year: Phoenix, Charlotte Cardin, Cult Nation*The Orchard

Dance recording of the year: “Caution,” Kaytranada, Sony

Underground dance single of the year: “Shadows in the Dark,” HNTR featuring Elliot Moss, mau5trap*AWAL

Electronic album of the year: Oasis Sky, TOR, Independent

Rock album of the year: Sisters Not Twins (The Professional Lovers Album), The Beaches, Universal

Metal/hard music album of the year: Bleed the Future, Archspire, Season of Mist*The Orchard

Alternative album of the year: When Smoke Rises, Mustafa Regent, Park Songs*Pirates Blend

Contemporary R&B recording of the year: “Take My Breath,” The Weeknd, XO*Universal

Traditional R&B/soul recording of the year: “24hrs,” Savannah Ré, 1Music*Universal

Rap single of the year: “Bold,” Charmaine, Warner

Country album of the year: What Is Life?, Brett Kissel, Warner

Adult contemporary album of the year: The Art of Falling Apart, Serena Ryder, ArtHaus*Warner

Adult alternative album of the year: Inwards & Onwards, Half Moon Run, Crystal Math*Universal

Reggae recording of the year: Easy Now, Kairo McLean, Willow Records*Independent

Jazz album of the year (group): Worldview, Avataar, InSound*Independent

Album artwork of the year: Mykaël Nelson (art director, designer, & illustrator), Nicolas Lemieux (art director & designer), Albert Zablit (photographer); Histoires Sans Paroles – Harmonium Symphonique – Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal, conducted by Simon Leclerc, GSI Musique

Contemporary indigenous artist or group of the year: War Club, DJ Shub, Shub Music*The Orchard

Jazz album of the year (solo): Change of Plans, Will Bonness, Independent

Classical album of the year (solo artist): energeia, Emily D’Angelo, Deutsche Grammophon*Universal

Contemporary Christian/gospel album of the year: No Greater Love, The Color, Dream Records*Universal

Classical album of the year (large ensemble): Solfeggio, L’Harmonie des saisons, conducted by Eric Milnes ft. Hélène Brunet, ATMA*Naxos

Comedy album of the year: Grandma’s Girl 姥姥的孩子, Andrea Jin 金玉琪, 604*Fontana North

Children’s album of the year: Falling in Africa, Garth Prince, Prince Garth Music*Independent

Instrumental album of the year: That Tall Distance, David Myles, Little Tiny Records*Fontana North

Classical composition of the year: “Arras,” Keiko Devaux, Analekta*F.A.B./The Orchard

Vocal jazz album of the year: Now Pronouncing: Caity Gyorgy, Caity Gyorgy, La Reserve*Independent/The Orchard

Global music album of the year: Kalasö, Afrikana Soul Sister, Les Faux-Monnayeurs*Propagande/Believe

Album Francophone de l’année:  Impossible à aimer, Cœur de pirate, Bravo Musique*Propagande/Believe

Traditional roots album of the year: Joyful Banner Blazing, Maria Dunn, Independent*Outside/Believe

Blues album of the year: Open Road, Colin James, Stony Plain*Fontana North/IDLA

Classical album of the year (small ensemble): Beethoven: Sonates pour violon et piano / Violin Sonatas Nos. 1, 2, 3 & 5, Andrew Wan and Charles Richard-Hamelin, Analekta*F.A.B./The Orchard

Contemporary roots album of the year: Outside Child, Allison Russell, Fantasy Records*Universal

Traditional indigenous artist or group of the year: Kakike, Fawn Wood Buffalo, Jump*Amplified/Drumbeat/A-Train

 

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Eurovision 2022: Ukrainian Band Kalush Orchestra Wins

Eurovision 2022: Ukrainian Band Kalush Orchestra Wins

Ashley Iasimone (14/05/2022)

President Volodymyr Zelenskyy gave signs that he was watching from Kyiv, and rooting for Ukrainian band.

Ukrainian band Kalush Orchestra won the Eurovision Song Contest in the early hours of Sunday in a clear show of support for the war-ravaged nation.

The six-man band that mixes traditional folk melodies and contemporary hip hop in a purposeful defense of Ukrainian culture was the sentimental and bookmakers’ favorite among the 25 bands and performers competing in the grand finale. The public vote from home was decisive in securing their victory.

The band’s frontman, Oleg Psiuk, took advantage of the enormous global audience to make an impassioned plea to free fighters still trapped beneath a sprawling steel plant in the southern port city of Mariupol following the six-man band’s performance.

“I ask all of you, please help Ukraine, Mariupol. Help Azovstal, right now,″ Psiu, said, to the live crowd of some 7,500, many of whom gave a standing ovation, and a global television audience of millions.

The plea to free the remaining Ukrainian fighters trapped beneath the Azovstal plant by Russians served as a somber reminder that the hugely popular and at times flamboyant Eurovision song contest was being played out against the backdrop of a war on Europe’s eastern flank.

President Volodymyr Zelenskyy gave signs that he was watching from Kyiv, and rooting for Ukrainian band.

“Indeed, this is not a war, but nevertheless, for us today, any victory is very important,″ Zelenskyy said, according to a .presidential statement. “So, let’s cheer for ours. Glory be to Ukraine!”

Kalush Orchestra was among 25 bands performing in the Eurovision Song Contest final front of a live audience in the industrial northern city of Turin, while millions more watched on television or via streaming around the world.

Russia was excluded this year after its Feb. 24 invasion of Ukraine, a move organizers said was meant to keep politics out of the contest that promotes diversity and friendship among nations.

Ukraine’s song, “Stefania,” was written as a tribute to the frontman’s mother, but has transformed since the war into an anthem to the beleaguered nation, as lyrics take on new meaning. “I’ll always find my way home, even if all roads are destroyed,” Kalush Orchestra frontman Oleh Psiuk wrote.

The six-member, all-male band received special permission to leave the country to represent Ukraine and Ukrainian culture at the music contest. One of the original members stayed to fight, and the others plan to return as soon as the contest is over.

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Ukraine Favored at Eurovision Song Contest Amid War

Ukraine Favored at Eurovision Song Contest Amid War

Ashley Iasimone (14/05/2022)

The Ukrainian band Kalush Orchestra is heavily tipped to win by bookmakers.

Against the backdrop of war in Europe, the hugely popular Eurovision Song Contest entered its flamboyant climax Saturday night (May 14) as 25 bands performed in front of a live audience in the Italian city of Turin, while millions more watched on television around the world.

The Ukrainian band Kalush Orchestra is heavily tipped to win by bookmakers, who are giving the group that mixes traditional Ukrainian rhythms, costumes and dance moves with contemporary hip-hop a 60% chance of winning.

Despite Ukraine’s position as the oddsmakers’ and sentimental favorite, fans from Spain, Britain and elsewhere entering the PalaOlimpico venue from throughout Europe were rooting for their own country to win.

Still, Ukrainian music fan Iryna Lasiy said she felt global support for her country in the war and “not only for the music.”

Russia was excluded this year after its Feb. 24 invasion of Ukraine, a move organizers said was meant to keep politics out of the contest that promotes diversity and friendship among nations.

Ukraine’s song, “Stefania,” was written as a tribute to the frontman’s mother, but has transformed since the war into an anthem to the beleaguered nation, as lyrics take on new meaning. “I’ll always find my way home, even if all roads are destroyed,” Kalush Orchestra frontman Oleh Psiuk wrote.

The six-member, all-male band received special permission to leave the country to represent Ukraine and Ukrainian culture at the music contest. One of the original members stayed to fight, and the others plan to return as soon as the contest is over.

Back in Ukraine, in the battered northeastern city of Kharkiv, Kalush Orchestra’s participation in the contest is seen as giving the nation another platform to garner international support.

“The whole country is rising, everyone in the world supports us. This is extremely nice,″ said Julia Vashenko, a 29-year-old teacher.

“I believe that wherever there is Ukraine now and there is an opportunity to talk about the war, we need to talk,″ said Alexandra Konovalova, a 23-year-old make-up artist in Kharkiv. “Any competitions are important now, because of them more people learn about what is happening now.”

Anastasia Khardikova, a 24-year-old Ukrainian living in Sweden, said she intends to vote for Kalush Orchestra, and is persuading her friends abroad to do the same.

The winner is chosen in equal parts by panels of music experts in each competing nation and votes by the viewing public — leaving room for an upset. Britain’s Sam Ryder and Sweden’s Cornelia Jakobs are each given a 10% shot while the Italian duo of Mahmood & Blanco have a 6% chance of winning.

The winner takes home a glass microphone trophy and a potential career boost.

The event was hosted by Italy after local rock band Maneskin won last year in Rotterdam. The victory shot the Rome-based band to international fame, opening for the Rolling Stones and appearing on Saturday Night Live and numerous magazine covers in their typically genderless costume code.

Twenty bands have been chosen in two semifinals this week, and will compete along with the Big Five of Italy, Britain, France, Germany and Spain, which have permanent berths due to their financial support of the contest.

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Travis Barker, Rick Ross, Murda Beatz & More Pay Tribute to Lil Keed: ‘Gone Too Soon’

Travis Barker, Rick Ross, Murda Beatz & More Pay Tribute to Lil Keed: ‘Gone Too Soon’

Lyndsey Havens (14/05/2022)

On Saturday, May 14, rising Atlanta rapper Lil Keed died at the age of 24. He was signed to Young Thug‘s Young Stoner Life Records.

On Saturday (May 14) rising Atlanta rapper Lil Keed died at the age of 24. He was signed to Young Thug‘s Young Stoner Life Records.

Keed’s brother, Lil Gotit, first shared the news of his passing in an Instagram post: “Can’t believe I seened u die today bro I did all my cries I know what u want me to do and that’s go hard for Mama Daddy Our Brothers Naychur and Whiteboy.”

Tributes soon poured in online, with friends, collaborators and admirers expressing condolences for the late rapper.

“Damn RIP Keed,” Travis Barker wrote on Twitter.

“So Talented Gone [Too] Soon,” Murda Beatz tweeted.

Keed signed to YSL, an imprint of 300 Entertainment, in 2018. He released two projects on the label and worked with artists including Ty Dolla $ign, Lil Uzi Vert, 42 Dugg and Quavo, among others.

Keed’s death follows the arrests of YSL co-founder Young Thug and rapper Gunna, who were among 28 people indicted in Georgia on conspiracy to violate the state’s RICO act and street gang charges. Keed was not among those named in the indictment.

See the tributes for Keed below.

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Anitta Wants to Collab With Lil Nas X, Doja Cat & Has New Music On the Way | Billboard MusicCon 2022

Anitta Wants to Collab With Lil Nas X, Doja Cat & Has New Music On the Way | Billboard MusicCon 2022

Ciara McVey (14/05/2022)

Anitta spoke with Billboard backstage at MusicCon 2022 and chatted about her first BBMAs, wanting to work with Lil Nas X and Doja Cat, ritual she has to do before going on stage and teases ‘Versions Of Me’ deluxe edition with new tracks.

Anitta spoke with Billboard backstage at MusicCon 2022 and chatted about her first BBMAs, wanting to work with Lil Nas X and Doja Cat, ritual she has to do before going on stage and teases ‘Versions Of Me’ deluxe edition with new tracks.

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Machine Gun Kelly Teases Headlining Tour, Performing Ballad at BBMAs & More | Billboard MusicCon 2022

Machine Gun Kelly Teases Headlining Tour, Performing Ballad at BBMAs & More | Billboard MusicCon 2022

Ciara McVey (14/05/2022)

Machine Gun Kelly sat down with Billboard backstage at MusicCon 2022 in Las Vegas and talked headlining his first arena tour and the “giant production” going into it, performing a ballad at the BBMAs, the “pressure” behind his directorial film debut and more.

Machine Gun Kelly sat down with Billboard backstage at MusicCon 2022 in Las Vegas and talked headlining his first arena tour and the “giant production” going into it, performing a ballad at the BBMAs, the “pressure” behind his directorial film debut and more.

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Britney Spears Shares on Instagram ‘We Have Lost Our Miracle Baby’

Britney Spears Shares on Instagram ‘We Have Lost Our Miracle Baby’

Lyndsey Havens (14/05/2022)

The singer and her fiancé Sam Asghari announced just last month they were expecting their first child together.

Just last month, Britney Spears announced she and her fiancé Sam Asghari were expecting their first child together. On Saturday (May 14), Spears took to Instagram to announce that the pair have lost their unborn child.

“It is with our deepest sadness we have to announce that we have lost our miracle baby early in the pregnancy,” the post read. “This is a devastating time for any parent. Perhaps we should have waited to announce until we were further along however we were overly excited to share the good news. Our love for each other is our strength. We will continue trying to expand our beautiful family. We are grateful for all of your support. We kindly ask for privacy during this difficult time.”

The post was signed by both Spears and Asghari. The caption read: “We are grateful for what we have in the process of expanding our beautiful family.”

“We will have a miracle soon,” Asghari commented on the post.

Spears is already a mother of two sons with ex-husband Kevin Federline. She and Asghari had been dating for around five years when he proposed last September. Asghari recently said that the couple has a wedding date set, “but nobody will know until the day after.” Earlier this week, they took a trip to Cancun.

Last June, while speaking in court to end her 13-year conservatorship, Spears said during the trial that she did in fact want to get married and have a baby but was told neither were possible while under her conservatorship. She revealed, at the time, that she had an IUD she would like removed in order to have kids, but said her team had denied her a doctor’s appointment to get it taken out.

Soon after Spears won her case and the conservatorship ended in early November, she posted on Instagram: “I’m thinking about having another baby !!! I wonder if this one is a girl …”

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Kendrick Lamar Drops Striking New ‘N95’ Video: Watch

Kendrick Lamar Drops Striking New ‘N95’ Video: Watch

Mitchell Peters (14/05/2022)

The track is featured on the superstar rapper's fifth album, 'Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers.'

Kendrick Lamar has shared an explosive music video for his new song “N95.” On Saturday (May 14), the 34-year-old superstar rapper dropped the second visual from his just-released fifth album, Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers.

The powerful clip, directed by Lamar and Dave Free, opens with the phrase “This S— Hard” flashing across the screen in red capital letters. From there, the rapper is seen hovering in a Jesus-like crucifix pose over crashing ocean waves while a young child looks on from the beach. The three-and-a-half minute video alters from color to black-and-white, as Lamar takes on several roles with striking imagery, including a piano player surrounded by beautiful women and a man doing an intense workout on the rooftop of a large building.

In the song, Lamar offers a perfect blend of introspection and aggression using the “N95” mask, popularly used during the COVID-19 pandemic, as a metaphor for fake inauthenticity amongst contemporary American society.

“N95” is the second music video from Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers, which was released on Friday (May 13). Earlier in the week, Lamar dropped his “The Heart Part 5″ song and an accompanying music video. The visual, which arrived May 8, features a close-up shot of the rapper spitting bars through the song’s entirety as his face morphs into O.J. Simpson, Kanye West, Jussie Smollett, Kobe Bryant, Will Smith and Nipsey Hussle.

Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers features guest appearances by Ghostface Killah, Kodak Black, Blxst, Sampha and Summer Walker, among others. The double-disc album sees Lamar stretch the creative boundaries of his artistry to reflect on fatherhood, faithfulness, materialism, generational curses and much more. The 18-track set follows his Pulitzer Prize and Grammy-winning project DAMN., which peaked at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart in 2017.

Watch Lamar’s video for “N95” below.

 

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Juan Luis Guerra Brings Dominican Culture to His Miami ‘Entre Mar y Palmeras’ Concert

Juan Luis Guerra Brings Dominican Culture to His Miami ‘Entre Mar y Palmeras’ Concert

Jessica Roiz (14/05/2022)

“I only compose from my Dominican experience,” Juan Luis Guerra said.

Juan Luis Guerra’s “Entre Mar y Palmeras” tour is a Dominican cultural experience, and a packed FTX Arena witnessed that on Friday (May 13).

Guerra, who’s on his eight-city trek presented by Loud and Live, finally made his pit stop in Miami after postponing his original April 30th show due to getting a positive COVID-19 test. “We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you,” he expressed in an Instagram video. “Looking forward to seeing you and continuing the party!! Healthy in the name of Jesus!! A big hug and blessings!!”

After a two-week wait, fans of all ages gathered at the South Florida venue to sing and dance with Juan Luis Guerra and his longtime 440 band.

Following a 30-minute DJ set and a hypnotic visual that showed colorful palm trees, guiras and clocks on the big screen, Guerra hopped on stage wearing navy blue pants, a jacket and a cream boina hat, and kicked off the show with “Rosalia.”

With back-to-back rhythmic hits, including “La Travesia,” “Kitipun,” “Como Yo,” and “La Llave de mi Corazon,” Guerra immediately hooked and kept his fans on their feet the entire time. In fact, the only slow-tempo songs he performed were “Pambiche de Novia,” which he dedicated to his wife, and a new, almost lullaby version of “Ojala Que Llueva Cafe.”

For the rest of the show, Guerra brought his Dominican culture to the masses singing merengue classics such as “El Niagara en Bicicleta,” “El Farolito,” and “Las Avispas,” as well as two very energetic medleys: one with his salsa tracks and another with his bachata bangers.

This is precisely his essence and charm.

“I only compose from my Dominican experience,” he previously said to Billboard. “I’ve never lived anywhere else that’s not the DR and my music is drenched in our folklore, our way of speaking. Dominicans, overall, are fun people and that has to be very present in my music.”

Guerra wrapped up his nearly two-hour concert with three of the most emblematic songs of his almost 40-year career: “A Pedir Su Mano,” “Bachata Rosa” and “La Bilirubina.” “Thank you for your patience and for being here,” he told the crowd.

Up next, he will make stops in Chicago’s All Stage Arena on June 2 and Orlando’s Amway Center on June 4.

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Billboard MusicCon Recap: Machine Gun Kelly, Anitta, Rauw Alejandro & More Top Moments | Billboard News

Billboard MusicCon Recap: Machine Gun Kelly, Anitta, Rauw Alejandro & More Top Moments | Billboard News

Ciara McVey (14/05/2022)

Billboard is in Las Vegas for the inaugural MusicCon ahead of the Billboard Music Awards hosted by Diddy. Artists such as Machine Gun Kelly, Anitta, Rauw Alejandro, Burna Boy and more took the stage a day full of conversations.

Billboard is in Las Vegas for the inaugural MusicCon ahead of the Billboard Music Awards hosted by Diddy. Artists such as Machine Gun Kelly, Anitta, Rauw Alejandro, Burna Boy and more took the stage a day full of conversations.

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