Volume 94, Issue 86

Tuesday, March 6, 2001


Whoa! Nelly flies away with 4 Junos

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Whoa! Nelly flies away with 4 Junos

Bree Rohal/Gazette

By Aaron St. John
Gazette Staff

HAMILTON, ONTARIO – The 30th annual Juno awards, which recognize excellence in Canadian music, were presented to some of Canada's best and brightest artists, but Sunday night's big winner was unquestionably newcomer Nelly Furtado, who ran away with four awards, including Best New Solo Artist.

An obviously excited Furtado, flanked by her co-producers Gerald Eaton and Brian West of the Philosopher Kings, spoke candidly about her experience since her debut album, Whoa, Nelly!, was released. "The education I've had in the last year has been immense. It's been unbelievable and I never would have had this experience otherwise," she said.

Furtado, who performed a laidback version of "I'm Like A Bird," and a scorching "Turn Off The Lights," also said that despite her delight with winning, she felt odd about the accolades. "It's a little bit awkard," she said. "I feel kind of weird about it. It's defintely a milestone though. It feels like a big accomplishment."

Best R&B/Soul Recording winners Jacksoul were similarly pleased with their win. Frontman Hayden Nichols could barely contain his pride as he and bandmates answered questions from the media. "It's hard to envision how well an album will do beforehand, but we're pretty happy with the results," he said.

Jann Arden, winner of the award for Best Female Artist, stressed the valuable support the Junos provide Canadian artists. "The Junos are really important for Canadian music. It's incredible to see the difference from five years ago, in terms of the scope and what they contain," she said.

Arden also echoed Furtado's sentiments by saying that as nice as it is to win, it really doesn't mean a lot. "There's no winner in music. People who do this are commited to their art, you can't pick who's best. It's not about that."

Other Juno winners included the Barenaked Ladies, who picked up three awards, including Best Group, and accepted them via satellite from a concert in British Columbia. The Tragically Hip won in the Best Rock Album category, and Jesse Cook was honoured with the award for Best Instrumental Album. "It's a complete shock. It's astonishing," Cook said.

Juno Hall Of Fame inductee Bruce Cockburn was honoured by tribute performances by Sarah Harmer, Jann Arden and Terri Clark, and the Barenaked Ladies. Other performances included The Moffats, treble charger (both shutouts) and an urban medley featuring Maestro, Deborah Cox, Baby Blue Sound Crew and Choclair.

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