Alessia Cara, Shawn Mendes biggest winners at 2020 JUNO Awards

By Zach Harper

The JUNO Awards were originally due to be held in March, but were postponed indefinitely due to the coronavirus pandemic. They were handed out in a virtual ceremony on June 29, and Alessia Cara – who was to host the ceremony this year – walked away with the most prizes.

The 23-year-old from Brampton, Ont. picked up the Album of the Year and Pop Album of the Year for her The Pains of Growing. She was also named Songwriter of the Year.

Canadian heartthrob Shawn Mendes took home two awards, winning Single of the Year for his "Señorita" collaboration with girlfriend Camila Cabello. He was also named Artist of the Year.

The digital event featured performances from Alessia, along with iskwē, Neon Dreams and The Dead South. Neon Dreams was named Breakthrough Group of the Year and The Dead South won the Traditional Roots Album of the Year prize. Canadian mainstay and superstar Avril Lavigne picked up the JUNO Fan Choice Award, which is decided by voters every year.

Here are the full list of 2020 JUNO Awards winners:

Juno Fan Choice Award: Avril Lavigne
Single of the Year: Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello – "Señorita"
International Album of the Year: Billie EilishWhen We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?
Album of the Year: Alessia CaraThe Pains of Growing
Pop Album of the Year: Alessia CaraThe Pains of Growing
Artist of the Year: Shawn Mendes
Group of the Year: Loud Luxury

Breakthrough Artist of the Year: Lennon Stella
Breakthrough Group of the Year: Neon Dreams

Songwriter of the Year: Alessia Cara – "Growing Pains," "Out of Love," "Rooting for You"
Country Album of the Year: Meghan PatrickWild as Me
Adult Alternative Album of the Year: Half Moon RunA Blemish in the Great Light
Alternative Album of the Year: PUP – Morbid Stuff
Rock Album of the Year: The Glorious Sons
A War on Everything
Vocal Jazz Album of the Year: Dominique Fils-AiméStay Tuned!
Jazz Album of the Year – Solo: Jacques Kuba SeguinMigrations
Jazz Album of the Year – Group: Ernesto Cervini's TurbopropAbundance
Instrumental Album of the Year: Alexandra StréliskiInscape
Francophone Album of the Year: Les Louanges La nuit est une panthère
Children's Album of the Year: Big Block Sinaglong Greatest Hits, Vol. 4
Classical Album of the Year – Solo or Chamber Ensemble:Angela SchwarzkopfDetach
Classical Album of the Year – Large Ensemble or Soloist(s) with Large Ensemble Accompaniment: Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, conducted by Kent NaganoThe John Adams Album
Classical Album of the Year – Vocal or Choral: Ottawa Bach Choir, conducted by Lisette Canton – Handel: Dixit Dominus; Bach & Schutz: Motets
Classical Composition of the Year: Ana Sokolovic
– "Evta"
Rap Recording of the Year: Tory Lanez – "Freaky"
Dance Recording of the Year: Felix Cartal & LIGHTS – "Love Me"
R&B/Soul Recording of the Year: Jessie Reyez, Tory Lanez and Tainy – "Feel it Too"
Indigenous Album of the Year: Celeigh CardinalStories from a Downtown Apartment
Reggae Recording of the Year: Lyndon John X – "The Warning Track"
Contemporary Roots Album of the Year: Lee Harvey Osmond Mohawk
Traditional Roots Album of the Year: The Dead South Sugar & Joy
Blues Album of the Year: Dawn Tyler WatsonMad Love
Contemporary Christian/Gospel Album of the Year: Matt Maher
The Advent of Christmas
World Music Album of the Year: Djely TapaBarokan
Jack Richardson Producer of the Year: Ben Kaplan – "Brittle Bones Nicky" (Rare Americans), "It's Alright" (Mother Mother)
Recording Engineer of the Year: John "Beetle" Bailey – "Dividido" (Alex Cuba featuring Silvana Estrada), "Shotgun" (Monkey House)
Album Artwork of the Year: Chad Moldenhauer (art director), Ian Clarke (designer), Warren Clark and Lance Inkwell (illustrators) – Kristofer Maddigan Selections from Cuphead
Music Video of the Year: Sarah Legault – "Little Star" (Iskwē)
Electronic Album of the Year: Rezz Beyond the Senses
Metal/Hard Music Album of the Year: StrikerPlay to Win
Adult Contemporary Album of the Year: Bryan Adams Shine a Light
Comedy Album of the Year: Sophie BuddleLil Bit of Buddle

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