The Weeknd won the most Juno awards but he wasn't there to accept them. (Photo: Getty Images)
Buffy Sainte-Marie holds her awards at the JUNO Gala dinner in Calgary. (Photo: CP)Music video of the year went to Quebec director Xavier Dolan for Adele's "Hello," who also wasn't in attendance. The lack of global starpower gave some other homegrown talent a greater opportunity to celebrate their wins. Cree singer/songwriter Buffy Sainte-Marie's latest album "Power in the Blood" claimed two awards for aboriginal album and contemporary roots album of the year. Death from Above 1979 snagged rock album of the year for "The Physical World," the band's first studio album in a decade after breaking up for several years. Sebastien Grainger, one half of the duo, says returning to work on another album was different this time around. "I think we felt a little bit more empowered to make the music we wanted to make on this record," he said.
Death from Above 1979 band member Sebastien Grainger plays with his Juno for Rock Album of the Year at the JUNO Gala dinner in Calgary. (Photo: CP)"Canada's Smartest Person" host Jessi Cruickshank served as the evening's emcee, tearing through the show with a flurry of off-colour jokes and jibes at celebrities. She touched on everything from the Jian Ghomeshi verdict ("A huge step forward for sexual assault.") to 17-year-old pop singer Shawn Mendes' numerous tweets about puberty ("Shawn is yelling at me, he's calling me creepy."). She also chided the Junos over the lack of female nominees in this year's marquee artist categories. "On the plus side that means 80 per cent of all the losers will be male, and that, my friends is progress," she said. Follow @dfriend on Twitter.
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