Leonard Cohen Wins Entertainer, Album at Junos; Gord Downie Wins Five

by VVN Music

It was a night for veteran artists at last night's Juno Awards in Ottawa.

Canada's biggest music awards carried a somewhat somber tone as the late Leonard Cohen took two of the top prizes of the night while Gord Downie, who is suffering from terminal brain cancer, won five including three as a solo artist and two with his group The Tragically Hip.

Cohen took home Entertainer of the Year and Album of the Year for his final studio set, You Want It Darker.

A number of tributes were also given to Cohen including Feist performing an emotional Hey That's Now Way to Say Goodbye and words from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau who called Cohen "one of the greatest artists Canada has ever produced,"

Downie took home Songwriter of the Year for three songs from his Secret Path project along with Adult Alternative Album and Recording Package of the Year. The Tragically Hip took Group and Rock Album of the Year for their album Man Machine Poem.

In addition, Sarah McLachlan took Adult Contemporary Album of the Year for Wonderland.

The full winners list:
  • Album Of The Year - Leonard Cohen, You Want it Darker
  • Group Of The Year - The Tragically Hip, Man Machine Poem
  • Breakthrough Artist - Ruth B
  • Songwriter Of The Year - Gord Downie for The Stranger, The Only Place to Be and Son from Secret Path
  • Pop Album Of the Year - Alessia Cara, Know-It-All
  • Country Album Of The Year - Jess Moskaluke, Kiss Me Quiet
  • Fan Choice Award - Shawn Mendes
  • Artist Of The Year - Leonard Cohen
  • Single Of The Year - The Strumbellas, Spirits
  • Breakthrough Group Of The Year - The Dirty Nil
  • Adult Alternative Album Of The Year - Gord Downie, Secret Path
  • Alternative Album Of The Year - July Talk, Touch
  • Rock Album Of The Year - The Tragically Hip, Man Machine Poem.
  • Rap Recording Of The Year - Jazz Cartier, Hotel Paranoia
  • Dance Recording Of The Year - Bit Funk Featuring Shae Jacobs, Off The Ground.
  • R&B/Soul Recording Of The Year - The Weeknd, Starboy
  • Reggae Recording Of The Year - Exco Levi, Siren
  • Indigenous Music Album Of The Year - Quantum Tangle, Tiny Hands
  • Contemporary Roots Album Of The Year - William Prince, Earthly Days
  • Traditional Roots Album Of The Year - The East Pointers, Secret Victory
  • Blues Album Of The Year - Paul Reddick, Ride The One
  • Vocal Jazz Album Of The Year - Bria Skonberg, Bria
  • Jazz Album Of The Year - Solo - RenĂ©e Rosnes, Written In The Rocks
  • Jazz Album Of The Year - Group - Metalwood, Twenty
  • Instrumental Album Of The Year - The Fretless, Bird’s Nest
  • Francophone Album Of The Year - Laurence Nerbonne, Xo
  • Children’s Album Of The Year - Diana Panton, I Believe In Little Things
  • Classical Album Of The Year - Solo Or Chamber - New Orford String Quartet, Brahms: String Quartets, Op. 51, Nos. 1 & 2
  • Classical Album Of The Year - Large Ensemble - Steve Wood And The Northern Cree Singers And Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, Going Home Star - Truth And Reconciliation.
  • Jack Richardson Producer Of The Year - A Tribe Called Red, R.E.D. (Featuring Yasiin Bey, Narcy And Black Bear) And Sila (Featuring Tanya Tagaq) From We Are The Hallucination
  • Recording Engineer Of The Year - Jason Dufour For Push + Pull And Beck + Call From July Talk’s Touch
  • Recording Package Of The Year - Gord Downie, Secret Path — Jonathan Shedletzky (Art Director), Isis Essery (Designer) And Jeff Lemaire (Illustrator)
  • Video Of The Year - Grimes, Kill V. Maim (Director: Claire Boucher)
  • Electronic Album Of The Year - Kaytranada, 99.9%
  • Metal/Hard Music Album Of The Year - Mandroid Echostar, i
  • Adult Contemporary Album Of The Year - Sarah Mclachlan, Wonderland
  • International Album Of The Year - Coldplay, A Head Full Of Dreams

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