As far as Canada is concerned, it’s the party to end all other parties. And all of the beautiful people were there.
The 17 th annual MuchMusic Video Awards took place on and around the corner of Queen and John Sts. Sunday night, but people were also rocking around the world with the good folks of T.O., because the broadcast was seen in 65 countries.
Kardinal Offishall was the big award winner, but it was Jacob Hoggard of “punk” pop outfit Hedley who left fans rosy in the cheeks when he pulled down his pants to reveal a Hedley tattoo on his bare bottom.
Offishall snagged three trophies for his single Everyday (Rudebwoy), taking home best video, best director and the VideoFACT award.
“This is real good right here…this is for all my hip-hop people from east to west,” Kardinal said.
“It’s funny, though, that I’m not in the best hip-hop category.”
But as with every music award show, it wasn’t actually all about music.
Many in attendance came out to catch glimpses of presenters including Paris Hilton, Tori Spelling, and Jessica Simpson’s former hubby Nick Lachey.
But celebrity aside, the whole event is really for the fans that make MuchMusic go, and they had no shortage of good things to say about the Award -giving – and winning – show.
“It’s amazing,” said 18-year-old Sammy Katz, who waited nearly 10 hours last week to score a wristband.
“It’s like our awards show. It’s all about the fans.”
And while they weren’t disappointed, a few hopefuls were. Though there were many multiple nominees only Offishall took home multiple awards. R&B singer Massari managed to eek out the best pop video honour, while Billy Talent, who had five nominees, went home empty-handed.
Chicago’s Fall Out Boy closed down the show with thundering renditions of their hits Sugar, We’re Going Down and Dance, Dance, and while they bounced and swung their guitars, the thousands of screaming fans echoed their every move.
And then the music, followed by the screaming and cheering, slowly faded away.
That is of course, until next year.
Here’s a complete list of the winners at the 2006 MuchMusic Video Awards:
Best Video: Kardinal Offishall f. Ray Robinson – “Everyday (Rudebwoy)”
Best Director:Kardinal Offishall f. Ray Robinson – “Everyday (Rudebwoy)”
Best Post-Production: The Trews – “So She’s Leaving”
Best Cinematography: Buck 65 – “Devil’s Eyes”
Best Pop Video: Massari – “Be Easy”
MuchLOUD Best Rock Video: Nickelback – “Photograph”
MuchVibe Best Rap Video: Classified – “No Mistakes”
Best Independent Video: Metric – “Poster Of A Girl”
MuchMoreMusic Award: Michael Buble – “Save The Last Dance For Me”
Best French Video: Stephanie Lapointe – “La Mer”
Best International Video u Artist: Rihanna – “S.O.S. (Rescue Me)”
Best International Video u Group: Green Day – “Wake Me Up When September Ends”
VideoFACT: Kardinal Offishall f. Ray Robinson – “Everyday (Rudebwoy)”