Feist scoops up 1,2,3,4,5 Canadian music awards

Mon Apr 7, 2008 9:59am EDT
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By Jeffrey Jones and Scott Haggett

CALGARY, Alberta (Reuters) - Feist dominated Canada's music awards on Sunday, scooping up five Junos for a year in which the singer-songwriter shot to international stardom when Apple Inc. used her single "1234" in iPod TV ads.

Feist, 32, won the top Canadian music honors for single of the year for the breezy "1234," album and pop album for "The Reminder," as well as artist and songwriter of the year.

She collected the trophies and performed at the Juno Awards show at the Saddledome arena in her hometown of Calgary, Alberta, two blocks from a community hall where she began her musical career as Leslie Feist, her full name.

"This was a good event and it was a nice marker for a year -- a nice recognition for everyone who's out there, sweating blood and tears," she told reporters. "It's a nice moment but I don't know that music is meant to be a competition."

She was joined in multiple honors by veteran alt-country rockers Blue Rodeo, who won group for the year, best adult alternative album for "Small Miracles" and best video for "C'mon."

For Feist, the Junos cap a whirlwind year in which her album sold more than half a million copies in the United States and "1234" reached No. 4 on the Billboard list of Hot Digital Songs. She was also nominated for Grammy and Brit awards.

"This is better, not because I won a whole bunch of them -- thank you very much -- but it's just more comfortable," she said.

The awards for Blue Rodeo, the Toronto-based outfit led by Jim Cuddy and Greg Keelor, bring their Juno tally to 10 over a more than three-decade run.   Continued...

<p>Singer Feist accepts the Juno Award for Album of the Year at the Juno Awards, the Canadian Music Awards, in Calgary, April 6, 2008. REUTERS/Patrick Price</p>