The Weeknd was the big winner on the first night of the Juno Awards, which honour the year’s best music by Canadian artists.
The superstar took three of the 37 awards presented Friday (June 4) at a virtual event dubbed the Juno awards Opening Night Awards Presented by Music Canada.
His megahit “Blinding Lights” won single of the year, his album After Hours won contemporary R&B recording of the year, and he took the prize for songwriter of the year in tandem with his collaborator’s Belly (Ahmad Balshe) and Jason “DaHeala” Quenneville.
The Weeknd was famously shut out in the nominations for the 63rd annual Grammy Awards. He has fared much better just about everywhere else.
The Weeknd was the only multiple Juno winner on Friday. These three wins bring his career total of Juno Awards to 13. This is his second win for a single of the year. He won in that category five years ago with “Can’t Feel My Face.”
The Weeknd did not accept his awards live via Zoom, as most of Friday’s recipients did. He is also nominated in three categories at the televised show, which is set to air Sunday, June 6.
He is vying for album of the year, artist of the year and the fan-voted Juno fan choice award. Six awards will be presented on the telecast.