B.C. crooner Michael Bublé dazzled thousands gathered in Regina on Sunday as host of the 2013 Juno Awards.
The evening highlighted Canada’s biggest and brightest talents in the music industry.
Big winners of the night included legend Leonard Cohen, pop singer Carly Rae Jepsen and Marianas Trench.
Cohen took home the first, and arguably the most prestigious award of the evening – songwriter of the year for his platinum album Old Ideas. On Saturday he was also awarded the Juno for artist of the year.
Jepsen had the biggest haul Sunday night, with wins for single, album and pop album of the year.
Vancouver’s Marianas Trench took home the award for group of the year.
During the two-hour evening, singer k.d. lang was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame by Canadian icon Anne Murray.
The crowd cheered as lang joked that only in Canada could a “freak” like her receive such accolades and she encouraged everyone to “let your freak flags fly.’
Lang has always been known for her sense of humour and unwavering uniqueness. At her first Junos in 1985, she accepted the trophy for most promising female artist dressed in a wedding dress and matching cowboy boots.
The evening also included performances by most of the big winners as well as Billy Talent, David Myles, rapper Classified and even Bublé himself. Other international stars such as Kelly Ripa, Gerard Butler, Dr. Phil, One Direction and former host Russell Peters also made brief cameos through video.
Although unable to attend the ceremony because of his European tour schedule, pop sensation Justin Bieber took home the Juno fan choice award
Other Juno winners included Monster Truck for breakthrough group of the year and Serena Ryder’s Harmony was awarded adult alternative album of the year.
Throughout the evening 680News music reporter Rudy Blair tweeted his thoughts on the winners, the performances and best moments from the Junos.
Click here to read the transcript of his live blog.
– with files from The Canadian Press