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TORONTO — Pop singer-songwriter Charlotte Cardin leads the early winners as the pre-broadcast Juno Awards begin in Toronto.

The Montreal musician won two awards at the industry ceremony: pop album of the year for her title “Phoenix” and single of the year for the engraver “Meaningless”.

The singer accepted her second award with wide eyes and a pause as she congratulated her fellow Single of the Year nominees, which included superstars The Weeknd and Justin Bieber.

Cardin is the six-time leading contender for the Junos this year, which began presenting awards on the so-called “opening night” on Saturday before Sunday’s telecast.

Other early winners included Kaytranada of Montreal, born Louis Celestin, whose single “Caution” was named dance recording of the year, while Savannah Ré received traditional R&B/soul recording of the year for “24hrs”.

The Juno Awards air Sunday on the Budweiser Stage in Toronto, hosted by “Shang-Chi” star Simu Liu.

This report from The Canadian Press was first published on May 14, 2022.

David Friend, The Canadian Press


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