2020 Junos: Cara, Mendes top biggest night in Canadian music

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When the Junos took place in Saskatoon in 2007, Nelly Furtado hosted the ceremony and dominated the awards. This year, would-be host Alessia Cara was the evening’s big winner — but she missed out on the live event.

Cara, the 23-year-old Ontario native, won three Juno Awards on Monday night in a ceremony broadcast digitally, following the cancellation of the March 15 event due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Though it wasn’t the night out at SaskTel Centre that many in Saskatchewan’s music industry had planned, local artists made their mark at the 2020 Juno Awards, none more than The Dead South. The Regina bluegrass band won for traditional roots album of the year and also performed their song “Diamond Ring.”

Cara, who was nominated for six Junos and took home album of the year, pop album of the year and songwriter of the year, expressed disappointment that she couldn’t have been in the Bridge City for the event. She would have been the second-youngest host in Junos history.