HAMILTON, Canada — As expected, Montreal singer Celine Dion cleaned up at the 26th annual Juno Awards, Canada’s answer to the Grammys. At the music awards show held Sunday night at Copps Coliseum in this Ontario city, Dion nabbed four Juno statuettes in honor of her runaway international success in both English and French.
The 28-year-old pop diva garnered the Juno as female vocalist of the year and was given a special newly created International Achievement award. Her latest Columbia release, “Falling Into You,” won as bestselling album (foreign or domestic) and her French-lingo collection, “Live at Paris,” was awarded the Juno as bestselling francophone album.
‘Falling’ a worldwide winner
“Falling Into You,” launched last spring, has sold more than 15 million copies worldwide, including more than one million units in Canada. Her most recent Gallic studio album, “D’Eux,” is the bestselling French album of all time, having sold more than five million copies internationally.
Dion last month won two Grammy Awards, including one for album of the year.
Ottawa belter Alanis Morissette and Ontario rockers the Tragically Hip each won three Juno trophies. Morissette and co-writer Glen Ballard took top honors as songwriter of the year, Morissette’s hit “Ironic,” was given the nod as single of the year, and, like Dion, the 22-year-old artist was handed an International Achievement Award. Morissette’s debut Maverick release, “Jagged Little Pill,” has sold more than 20 million copies internationally.
The Tragically Hip, a gritty rock formation from the small Ontario city of Kingston, were voted group of the year, and the band’s latest disc, “Trouble at the Henhouse,” was honored as album of the year.
The only other multiple award winner was country sensation Shania Twain, who won as country female vocalist of the year and also picked-up an International Achievement Award.