Here are the 2017 Juno Winners from Saturday Night’s Gala

Last time I looked, there are 2,419 different categories for the Junos. Okay, I exaggerate. There are around 40, only eight or so of which will be handed out during the televised ceremony Sunday night. The rest get handed out the night before at a big gala. Here is a selection of major 2017 Juno winners from Saturday evening.

Artist of the Year: Leonard Cohen (Sorry, Drake and The Weeknd. And why isn’t this award part of the TV broadcast)?

Single of the Year: Strumbellas, “Spirits” (Another snub for Drake The Weeknd. Again, why is this not part of the broadcast?)

Rock Album of the Year: Tragically Hip, Man Machine Poem

Alternative Album of the Year: July Talk, Touch

Adult Alternative Album: Gord Downie, Secret Path

Metal/Hard Music Album of the Year: Mandroid Echoes, Coral Throne

R&B/Soul Recording of the Year: The Weeknd, Starboy

Breakthrough Group of the Year: The Dirty Nil

Video of the Year: Grimes, “Kill V. Maim”

Rap Recording of the Year: Jazz Cartier, Hotel Paranoia (Another snub to Drake. Interesting.)

Recording Package of the Year: Gord Downie’s Secret Path (Nice to have a liner notes-like category for physical releases.)

Electronic Album of the Year: Kaytranada, 99.9%

Adult Contemporary Album of the Year: Sarah McLachlan, Wonderland. (Interesting that she was also inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame as part of the Junos this year. There is NO connection by the way; the voters of CARAS–of which I am one–vote of their own free will. The chips fall as they will…)

SOCAN International Achievement Award: Drake

International Group of the Year: Coldplay, A Head Full of Dreams

The full list of winners can be found here.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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