Last night marked the virtual edition of the 49th annual Juno Awards – one of the biggest music events in Canada. Singer-songwriter Alessia Cara was the evening’s top winner, taking home three awards (Songwriter Of The Year, Pop Album Of The Year and Album Of The Year) for The Pains Of Growing.
Other winners included Shawn Mendes, who was named the Artist Of The Year for the second year in a row, and, along with Camila Cabello, received an award for Single Of The Year for their duet ‘Señorita’. Jessie Reyez received the third Juno of her career, taking home the award for R&B/Soul Recording Of The Year for ‘Feel It Too’ with Tainy and Tory Lanez. American Billie Eilish received the award for International Album Of The Year for When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?
Cara, a Toronto native who previously received Junos for Breakthrough Artist Of The Year in 2016 and Pop Album Of The Year for Know-It-All in 2017, shared a handwritten acceptance speech on Instagram. “This album meant a whole lot to me and it’s so beautiful to see my words and work hold weight for people”, she said about The Pains Of Growing.
Cara was originally scheduled to host this year’s ceremony in March. While the televised ceremony was cancelled in light of the coronavirus, a 90-minute live-stream took place instead, with a variety of personalities announcing each of the winners. Four pre-recorded performances also took place during the live-stream, including one by Cara, who sang ‘Rooting For You’, off her 2019 EP, This Summer.
Last week, the singer-songwriter announced the release of a live edition of the EP. Available 17 July via Def Jam Recordings, This Summer: Live Off The Floor will offer newly-recorded live performances of all six tracks from the original This Summer EP. The 8-song collection will also include live versions of Cara’s best-selling debut single, ‘Here’, and her hit, ‘Scars To Your Beautiful’. All of the artist’s net royalties from the digital release will be donated to Save The Children.