Arcade Fire, Justin Bieber win Canada music awards
By Etan Vlessing
TORONTO (Hollywood Reporter) - Fresh from their surprise win of the top prize at the Grammys last month, indie Montreal rockers Arcade Fire took home four prizes at Canada's Juno Awards in Toronto.
But the band didn't have the spotlight all to itself on Sunday: Justin Bieber took home his first-ever trophies. On the other hand, ceremony host Drake was snubbed despite leading the field with six nominations.
Arcade Fire won Junos for best group, best album and alternative album ("The Suburbs"), and best songwriter. The statuettes join its Grammy for album of the year.
Bieber, overlooked at the Grammys, predictably won the fan choice Juno award -- the only competition determined by ordinary fans -- and best pop album ("My World 2.0). The teen sensation, on tour in Europe, sent a video message of thanks.
"I want to thank the fans so much for being so supportive, buying my albums and voting for me... All right -- peace, Junos," he said.
Bieber was outshone by Neil Young in the best artist competition. Young also received a humanitarian award.
"I was 16 one time. He's fantastic. He's got some moves, doesn't he?" Young said of Bieber.
The Junos' 40th edition also saw Meaghan Smith named best new artist, while single of the year went to "Wavin' Flag," by K'Naan and the Young Artists for Haiti. Shania Twain was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame.
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