Juno Awards 2014

Okay. I know I’m almost a week late on this, but I just finished my 2nd last exam and I don’t have my next one for another 2 weeks. So I’m taking advantage of this time to FINALLY blog about the Junos. There are a couple of things that I need to get out there about the Junos, because this year was in my opinion, a good one. You’ll see why later. Here are my top 5 moments of the Junos.

5. Olympians

I know every two years we get Olympians on the Junos, and every time, I enjoy it. I don’t care what y’all think, but I love Canadian pride, and the Junos took advantage of getting gold medalists Team Jennifer Jones and Dara Howell to be presenters for this year’s broadcast.

4.  A Tribe Called Red

Congrats to these guys on winning the Breakthrough Group of the Year! Originally, I was rooting for the Born Ruffians, but I’m very happy to see this group get some love from the Junos too. It was much deserved. If you haven’t heard of them, they’re an electronic music group that combines elements of First Nations music into their sound. I know, you’re questioning it, but trust me. It’s a great combination.

3. Arcade Fire

These guys. Every time they play a show, they slay. I’m always impressed with their performances and  their stage presence. If you haven’t heard their new album, get it. It features so many catchy songs. These guys won two Junos out of six nominations! Congrats to them!

2. Serena Ryder

Fell in love with her 2 years ago, fell back into love with her when she hosted the Junos. Hosting suits her! I especially liked the mashup she did with her fellow co-host, Classified to open the show. I love watching her perform. She always looks like she loves what she’s doing and having a good time. She sang For You later in the show, and all I could say was “WOW”. Her voice is incredible. Let’s not forget when she stood up for the Biebs. #classy I’d also like to point out the mega girl group that she “formed” with Tegan and Sara called The Frost Biters was probably one of my favourite skits of the night. Serena won two awards at the Junos. 🙂 I need more Ryder in my life.

1. Tegan and Sara

Oh goodness. How can I even start. If you read my blog you know these ladies are my favourite artists to grace this earth, and even SEEING them at the Junos made me cry tears of joy. They were awarded the first award of the night, Single of the Year, then later received Group of the Year. They had won Pop album of the Year at the Gala the previous night, giving them a total of three Junos of the night. Guess what. That was the most Junos awarded at the Junos, and I couldn’t be more happy to be a fan of theirs. I’m glad that they’re FINALLY getting recognition within the industry, and more importantly within their home country. I can now say that they’re Juno award winners, and Grammy nominees. Well, nominee could turn into winner someday. They won an award for Heartthrob and I don’t think anyone really knows how happy this makes me. I personally love the album from beginning to end. There has been a lot of controversy within the fan base because of  the change of sound, but really, EFF that. They’re expressing artistry, and they’ve actually done pop in their earlier records, it just wasn’t as prominent. Heartthrob has created a new kind of pop; smart pop, not cliche mainstream pop, but alternative smart pop music that pulls on your heartstrings. I’m not saying this because I’m biased, but really, if you like music and pop as a genre, this is the start of something new. Tegan and Sara, congrats on your success. I’m very very proud of you.

Haha, I kinda got all emotional there with the T&S part. I really do love that the Junos are a way to give love to Canadian artists and that all of these artists that I’ve mentioned have been fortunate enough to win that love from the Junos. Congrats to all of the other winners and nominees as well. Overall, the Junos this year were great. Some minor let downs like the lack of appearances by big Canadian stars, and booing Canada’s very own Bieber, but minus that, still a great show.

Grammys 2014

This year’s Grammys was  a riveting one. Here were some of the highlights for me.

1. John Legend

John Legend’s performance of All of Me was the first performance that got me bawling in tears. His voice was full of emotional clarity, intimacy and purity. His soulfulness and genuine emotion transcended to the audience making him a highlight for me.

2. Beyonce

QUEEN B. Remember when Beyonce released her self-titled album by surprise? The world was shocked. Last night Beyonce opened the show with a sexy rendition of Drunk In Love, with her husband Jay-Z. (There was a butt grab… just a thought.) I was looking forward to seeing her perform, and she slayed it with her powerful vocals.

3. Lorde

What can I say. I envy her, and I’m so proud of her. What a year it has been for this 17-year old. Royals won two Grammys last night and each time, Lorde’s speeches were awkward, displaying me in everyday life. She performed a stripped down version of Royals last night. The lack of the layering and singling out the drums, a synth line and her vocals created a perfect harmony, resulting in a fantastic rendition of Royals.

4. Imagine Dragons and Kendrick Lamar

In my opinion, this turned out to be a great collaboration. I’ll admit, I was looking forward to Dan ripping out some mad vocals, but the combination of rap and the percussion done by the band was unbelievably incredible. That performance was the definition of hype.

5. The Beatles

I was on the verge of crying. Seeing Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr together on the same stage once again after five years, had me feeling nostalgic and sentimental. They performed Queenie Eye on the Grammys to commemorate the 50th anniversary of them arriving in America. I also can’t forget to mention that a very stunning Julia Roberts introduced them.

6. Sara Bareilles and Carole King

Sara Bareilles is a personal favourite of mine. When I heard she would be performing with Carole King, I freaked out. Carole King is a legend. I couldn’t have been more proud of Sara at that very moment. They both performed on pianos (it looked like there would be a piano duel), and sang a medley of Beautiful and Brave. I loved every moment of it. Carole still has it! Also, I very much enjoyed that piano version of Brave.

7. 33 Weddings

I would be a fool not to include this as a highlight. Macklemore and Ryan Lewis ft. Mary Lambert, Queen Latifah and Madonna. One word. Iconic. The song Same Love is an iconic song itself; the fact that Macklemore and Ryan Lewis have achieved this much success without the support of a record label is iconic. However, having a variety of couples get married in one night to the song Same Love to promote equality is ICONIC. Queen Latifah officiated the wedding, Madonna later joined the performance with Open Your Heart. I might have cried. This shows how powerful music is. It broke down the walls of racism, and it is now starting to open up the world to equality.

These were some of my highlights from the Grammys last night. There were numerous let downs last night like, a performance of Blurred Lines, Pharrell’s fashion choices, award disagreements and how there might have been too many performances. Regardless of the length of the show, I did enjoy it. Congratulations to all of the Grammy winners and nominees!