Buble Dominates Juno Awards
Jazz-pop star MICHAEL BUBLE was the big winner at last night's (02APR06) Juno awards - Canada's Grammy awards - picking up four gongs at a politically-charged ceremony in Nova Scotia. The Vancouver singer walked away with awards for Best Singer, Album, Artist and Pop Album of the Year for IT'S TIME, a collection of vintage love songs. A thrilled Buble hailed his relatives for making him listen to the genre from such an early age: "Thank you to my grandpa who introduced me to what I think is the greatest music of all time. "This is the biggest thing in the world to me. God bless you all. Thank you Canada!" Elsewhere at the music awards, actress and host PAMELA ANDERSON caused a storm when she took a swipe at Canadian Prime Minister STEPHEN HARPER. The former BAYWATCH star, who has been ceaselessly campaigning against the country's controversial seal hunting policy, opened the show by complaining that her favourite singer SEAL wouldn't be attending because "he was afraid he might get clubbed to death". The audience reaction to the joke was muted but they warmed when the blonde beauty branded her infamous assets "vegan buns" and invited clean-living COLDPLAY frontman CHRIS MARTIN to take a peek. Coldplay later shared International Album of the Year, for X+Y, with the BLACK EYED PEAS. The biggest shock of the evening came when Alberta rockers NICKELBACK failed to capitalise on their six nominations, only taking home two awards. They won Junos for Best Group and Best Rock Album for ALL THE RIGHT REASONS, but lost out in the Fan Choice, Single and Album of the Year categories. Vancouver-born pop icon BRYAN ADAMS was also honoured at the show, being inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame. The full list of winners is as follows: Fan's Choice: SIMPLE PLAN. Songwriter: ARCADE FIRE. Single: HOME, MICHAEL BUBLE. Album: IT'S TIME, MICHAEL BUBLE. Artist: MICHAEL BUBLE. New group: BEDOUIN SOUNDCLASH. Alternative album: BROKEN SOCIAL SCENE, BROKEN SOCIAL SCENE. International album: Tied between X+Y, COLDPLAY and MONKEY BUSINESS, BLACK EYED PEAS. Group: NICKELBACK. Instrumental album: BELLADONNA, DANIEL LANOIS. Pop album: IT'S TIME, MICHAEL BUBLE. Rock album: ALL THE RIGHT REASONS, NICKELBACK. New artist: DANIEL POWTER. Country recording: THE ROAD HAMMERS, THE ROAD HAMMERS. Adult alternative album: PRAIRIE WIND, NEIL YOUNG. Rap recording: THE DUSTY FOOT PHILOSOPHER, K'NAAN. Vocal jazz album: CHRISTMAS SONGS, DIANA KRALL. Contemporary jazz album: RADIO GUANTANAMO, JANE BUNNETT. Traditional jazz album: ASK ME LATER, DON THOMPSON QUARTET. Francophone album: PAGES BLANCHES, JIM CORCORAN. Children's album: BAROQUE ADVENTURE: THE QUEST FOR ARUNDO DONAX, TAFELMUSIK BAROQUE ORCHESTRA. Classical album: solo or chamber ensemble: ALBENIZ: IBERIA, MARC-ANDRE HAMELIN. Classical album: large ensemble or soloist with large ensemble accompaniment: BEETHOVEN: SYMPHONIES NOS.5 ET 6, TAFELMUSIK BAROQUE ORCHESTRA. Classical album: vocal or choral performance: VIARDOT-GARCIA: LIEDER CHANSONS CANZONI MAZURKAS, ISABEL BAYRAKDARIAN. Classical composition: STRING QUARTET NO. 1 (THE AWAKENING), CHRISTOS HATZIS. Dance recording: SPANISH FLY, HATIRA + MACCA FEATURING SHAWNA B. R+B/soul recording: BACK FOR MORE, SHAWN DESMAN. Reggae recording: REGGAE TIME, BLESSED. Aboriginal recording: HOMETOWN, BURNT PROJECT 1. Roots and traditional album: solo: HAIR IN MY EYES LIKE A HIGHLAND STEER, CORB LUND. Roots and traditional album: group: THE DUHKS, THE DUHKS. Blues album: LET IT LOOSE, KENNY 'BLUES BOSS' WAYNE. Contemporary Christian/gospel album: AMANDA FALK, AMANDA FALK. World music album: HUMO DE TABACO, ALEX CUBA BAND. Producer: NEIL YOUNG, THE PAINTER, PRAIRIE WIND. Recording engineer: VIC FLORENCIA, EVERYDAY IS A HOLIDAY/MELANCHOLY MELODY, WIKKED LIL GRRRLS, ESTHERO. CD/DVD artwork design: ROB BAKER, GARNET ARMSTRONG, SUSAN MICHALEK, WILL RUOCCO for HIPEPONYMOUS, THE TRAGICALLY HIP. Video: DEVIL'S EYE, MICAH MEISNER, RICH TERFRY for BUCK 65. Music DVD: HIPEPONYMOUS, THE TRAGICALLY HIP.