Last night, Shawn Mendes, The Weeknd, Olivia Rodrigo, Arkells, and Charlotte Cardin were among the biggest winners at the 2022 Juno Awards. The ceremony, which celebrates excellence in Canadian music, returned to an in-person format for the first time since the pandemic at Toronto’s Budweiser Stage and was hosted by actor Simu Liu.
Mendes was honored with the International Achievement Award for his global success in the music industry. The singer-songwriter, who released his fourth studio album, Wonder, in 2020, also took home the award for TikTok Juno Fan Choice, a category in which fans voted for their favorite Canadian musician. (The Weeknd and Justin Bieber were also among the nominees.) Mendes’ latest wins make him a thirteen-time Juno Award recipient.
Ontario-based rock band Arkells also won for Group of the Year. “This job is a blessing,” they shared on Twitter, following the ceremony. “It’s not always easy but we operate from a place of optimism that allows us to keep dreaming of the next thing to create. [Thanks] to our entire band family who make us look and sound great every step. Now back to work!”
Many accolades were also handed out during the Opening Night Awards ceremony, which took place the evening before at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre and was hosted by CBC Music’s Angeline Tetteh-Wayoe. At the event, The Weeknd won multiple awards, scoring his third career win for Songwriter of the Year, while also taking home the Contemporary R&B Recording of the Year award for “Breathless.”
Singer-songwriter Charlotte Cardin also took home three wins at the Opening Night Awards – the most for any nominee that night. Cardin won Artist of the Year, Single of the Year (“Meaningless”), and Pop Album of the Year for her debut record, Phoenix, which topped Billboard’s Canadian Albums chart in May 2021. American singer-songwriter Olivia Rodrigo, meanwhile, won for International Album of the Year. All of the tracks from Rodrigo’s critically-acclaimed debut album, Sour, debuted simultaneously on the Canadian Hot 100. That success also carried over into her first No.1 album in the country.