Anne Murray surprises Junos when Nelly Furtado performs a medley to kick off Junos


Anne Murray descended on the Juno Awards to give viewers a warm East Coast welcome, while host Nelly Furtado added some extra sparkle to the early festivities and Tegan and Sara criticized the Alberta government for pushing anti-LGBTQ2S+ policies .

Within minutes of the Junos broadcast beginning, the “I’m Like a Bird” singer went from performing a dizzying medley of her many hits, dressed in a silver, space-age “Barbarella”-style suit, to giving her the welcome Murray to the stage. .

The Springhill, N.S.-born singer, who also holds a record of Juno wins, was greeted with wild cheers from the crowd inside Halifax’s Scotiabank Centre.

The Springhill, N.S.-born singer, who also holds a record 25 Juno wins, was greeted with wild cheers from the crowd inside Halifax’s Scotiabank Centre.

“Seeing as I’m a Nova Scotian living down the street, the producers thought I’d be the ideal person to welcome you to Halifax,” Murray said with a smile on Sunday’s CBC broadcast.

“So here I am. And welcome to Halifax.”

Murray then presented the first award of the night, giving Toronto band The Beaches the group of the year award. It was the second win for the all-female quartet, after they took home rock album of the year in a Saturday pre-broadcast. ceremony. They enthusiastically hugged and encouraged other young women to form bands with their friends.

Calgary natives Tegan and Sara accepted the 2024 Humanitarian Award for their work with the LGBTQ2+ community from Halifax-raised actor Elliot Page, and used the moment to speak out against recent policies in Alberta that threaten transgender youth.

Alberta Premier Danielle Smith has said her United Conservative Party government would ban puberty blockers and hormone therapy for children 15 years old and younger who have not yet started those treatments.

Elliot Page arrives on the red carpet at the Juno Awards, in Halifax, Sunday, March 24, 2024. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young

“These attacks are harmful because they target the children who need our support the most,” Tegan said to applause from the audience.

Meanwhile, Maestro Fresh Wes, a member of the Canadian Music Hall of Fame, became the first hip-hop member to enter this esteemed space.

The “Let Your Backbone Slide” rapper, born Wesley Williams, took a moment to reflect on his pioneering history as a Canadian hip-hop performer, which began when he wrote his first rhyme in 1979.

He then embarked on a long list of thanks to the people who helped elevate his career, including former industry actors and the television station MuchMusic.

“We don’t make records, we make history,” he proclaimed, dressed all in black and wearing a leather tailcoat.

“We created a backbone and started running things and… now this music that we love will never be underestimated.”

Other winners included Montreal singer-songwriter Charlotte Cardin, whose album of the year was “99 Nights.” It was her second win for the album after taking pop album of the year during the pre-broadcast.

On the Junos red carpet, stars were buzzing with excitement for the Halifax show.

Dominique Fils-Aimé, who won jazz vocal album of the year at a pre-broadcast ceremony on Saturday, said the whirlwind “felt like a big celebration and party.”

Other Canadian talent picked up multiple awards at Saturday’s industry bash. Rapper Tobi, alternative singer Aysanabee and pop star Tate McRae won two awards for their work.

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