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It's a private ticketed event - Saturday night at the Junos. A dazzling night of celebration and awards. These awards are not being aired on TV but our very own Grant Lawrence armed with blackberry is there in Calgary letting us know the winners as they are being announced.

And here they come:

Blue Rodeo "Small Miracles" just won "adult alternative album of the year", the first award of the night.
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Serena Ryder just won "new artist of the year".
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Arcade Fire
"Neon Bible" wins "alternative album of the year".
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Feist wins "artist of the year".
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Feist wins again "My Moon my Man" "1234" "I Feel it All" for songwriter of the year.
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Belly wins best rap recording of the year.
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Nathan "Key Principles" wins for roots and traditional album of the year.
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Jully Black "Revival" wins best soul and R&B recording.
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Blue Rodeo wins again
for best video "C'mon".
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Arcade Fire wins again for album artwork of the year "Neon Bible".
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And that's a wrap for tonight but be sure to check in tomorrow for more live Juno coverage from Calgary.

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Grant Lawrence live blogging on Saturday Night at the Juno Awards

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Justin Beach
#1 posted by
Justin Beach
on Apr 05, 2008
Has a brilliant voice. I've seen her a couple of times.

She is not a 'new artist' though any more than Feist is.


saidthewhale
#2 posted by
saidthewhale
on Apr 06, 2008
Shad got skunked. lame.
BigRockFan
#3 posted by
BigRockFan
on Apr 06, 2008
Blue Rodeo "Small Miracles" just won "adult alternative album of the year", the first award of the night.
-this category doesn’t make much sense anymore. This must also be one of the awards based on album sales. If not then they likely should not have won.

Serena Ryder just won "new artist of the year".
-This category doesn’t make much sense either, and this is a very sketchy pick in any event. I don’t think she’s had an album out since 2006. She doesn’t seem to be touring much either. She also seems like an unlikely choice up against the likes of Jeremy Fisher and Jill Barber who I believe both had albums out last year.

Arcade Fire "Neon Bible" wins "alternative album of the year".
-Good choice.

Feist wins "artist of the year".
-I’m not exactly sure what an “artist of the year” is, but whatever it is Feist was probably the right choice this year.

Feist wins again "My Moon my Man" "1234" "I Feel it All" for songwriter of the year.
-Good choice. Joel Plaskett would also have been a good choice. Nice to see Feist win in her home town, though. With Feist and Tegan & Sarah Calgary is starting to nudge up on the tails of Montreal and Vancouver a bit. Go Calgary!

Belly wins best rap recording of the year.
-I’m not up on this category enough to know if this was a good choice or not, but Grant played him on a podcast so he must be good.

Nathan "Key Principles" wins for roots and traditional album of the year.
-This is a great band. There was a strange mix of artists in this category and you might have thought that the Sadies would be the frontrunner, but this album has received great reviews, if not all that many high profile reviews. Allmusic’s was a very high profile review, though, and they gave it 4.5 stars. When they rate an album that highly I generally put on my coat and go straight out to buy it. I haven’t done that yet with this one yet because I have a bit of a backlog of must buy albums, but I’m looking forward to hearing it.

Jully Black "Revival" wins best soul and R&B recording.
-I don’t know enough about this category to know if this is a good pick. Jully Black is fun, though. She was out at some elementary schools here on Friday working with kids.

-The Juno Awards is another award that is largely run by the infamous Toronto media, and they have in the past had a strong tendency to nominate and award quite a few undeserving Toronto bands. The Serena Ryder pick has a very suspicious odour to it, but other than that, presuming the Blue Rodeo pick was based on album sales, they seem to have done pretty well so far, at least in the categories here that I’m familiar with. They earned some respect from me with that Nathan pick when it would have been easy to choose the Sadies, and certainly the Arcade Fire and Feist picks are very deserving as well.
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