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April brings Avril Junos

Canada kudofest fetes Lavigne with three trophies

MONTREAL — Avril Lavigne was the top winner at this year’s Juno Awards, the annual Canadian music kudos, with the Canuck anti-Britney snaring three top trophies.

The Junos were doled out at ceremonies Saturday and Sunday night in Winnipeg, with CTV broadcasting Sunday night’s awards show nationally.

One highlight of the Sunday night ceremony was to have been a live performance by Neil Young, who spent part of his youth in Winnipeg, but the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences, which organizes the Junos, announced Friday that Young had to cancel because he is recovering from a brain aneurysm.

Lavigne won the Juno Fan Choice Award on Sunday, which followed two wins Saturday, as artist of the year and for pop album (“Under My Skin”). Lavigne had previously won four Junos.

Toronto punk revivalists Billy Talent, Toronto rapper k-os and Calgary-born, Paris-based singer-songwriter Feist were all two-time winners. Billy Talent drew the album nod for their self-titled disc, and the punk-flavored quartet took the group prize. Eclectic hip-hop artist k-os nabbed the Juno for single (his soul/rap hit “Crabbuckit”) and rap recording (his second album “Joyful Rebellion”). Feist took the new artist prize and alternative album (“Let It Die”).

Ron Sexsmith won songwriter of the year for “Whatever It Takes,” “Not About to Lose” and “Hard Bargain.” Singer-songwriter Sarah Harmer garnered the Juno for adult alternative album for “All of Our Names.”

Other winners included Green Day’s “American Idiot” for international album, Sum 41’s “Chuck” for rock album, Diana Krall’s “The Girl in the Other Room” as vocal jazz album and Bob Rock as producer for both Simple Plan’s “Still Not Getting Any” and Metallica’s “Some Kind of Monster.”

On Saturday, Canadian rock band the Tragically Hip was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame.

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