Singer's third album wins five awards
MONTREAL — Chart-topping Portuguese-Canadian pop star Nelly Furtado dominated the Junos, Canada’s music awards, on Sunday evening.
Furtado — riding high on the success of “Loose,” her third and best-selling album — won the five categories in which she was nominated: artist, album and pop album (both “Loose”), single of the year for “Promiscuous” and the Juno Fan Choice Award.
Furtado teamed with producer Timbaland on “Loose,” which has sold 5 million copies worldwide since its June release and marks a major comeback for the singer after the commercial disappointment of 2003’s “Folklore.”
The only other artist to win more than one Juno was Toronto metal-punk band Billy Talent, which won group of the year and took rock album with sophomore CD “Billy Talent II.”
The Dixie Chicks, big winners at the Grammy Awards, took international album of the year for “Taking the Long Way.”
Ontario singer-songwriter Tomi Swick drew the new artist nod, Toronto-based jacksoul’s “mySOUL” was voted R&B/soul recording of the year and Montreal rockers Mobile won as new group of the year.
Gordie Sampson took the Juno for songwriter, Swollen Members’ “Black Magic” garnered the hardware for rap recording and George Canyon’s “Somebody Wrote Love” took the honors for country recording.
B.C. belter Diana Krall’s “From This Moment On” won for vocal jazz album, and Quebec singer Antoine Gratton’s “Il Etait une Fois Dans l’Est” prevailed as Francophone album.
The Juno Awards, held in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, included a non-broadcast awards gala Saturday night and a televised gala on CTV on Sunday night.
CTV was at the center of controversy late last week when the network announced that it would not broadcast the Junos live at 8 p.m. ET Sunday but hold the show until 10 p.m. to make way for a two-hour edition of “The Amazing Race.”
Net had to backtrack the next day under pressure from the music industry.