Booyah! First off, I’m not one of them critics who does crazy shit for their ‘Award Picks’ articles. I’m going by gut, by what I want, and maybe mentioning who I think will win.
Secondly…I’m only gonna pick from categories I feel I have some kind of knowledge for…I won’t be guessing who should win Contemporary Christian or Classical Album of the Year…’cause I don’t know!
Thirdly…to see how well I did, or didn’t do, follow me on Twitter @Potoroo tonight as I will be at the Junos and live-tweeting the results…unless of course the show is so spectacular I can’t take my eyes off it!
Quick note…some awards have already been handed out, as follows:
Karkwa – Francophone Album of the Year (sweet)
Arcade Fire – Alternative Album of the Year (…oh, really?)
Deadmau5 – Dance Recording of the Year (Unexpected!)
Neil Young – Adult Alternative Album of the Year (Quelle Surprise!)
Said the Whale as New Group of the Year (…erm…actually, surprise!)
Shad – Rap Album of the Year (Thank GOD!)
Now…the ones that apparently matter for broadcast!:
Juno Fan Choice Award:
Tough since it’s Fan Choice! But I can tell you, Bieber and Hedley have CRAZY fans so I’d say they’re neck and neck, but I think Hedley fans are more organized. I would actually predict HEDLEY will win this one…but there’s organization and then there’s brute force. Bieber may pull it off.
Single of the Year:
Young Artists for Haiti will win…hands down. It should be noted that Drake and Hedley are both essentially nominated twice here thanks to that charity single. I can’t see kd lang or Classified doing too well, sadly.
Album of the Year:
Between the Biebs and Arcade Fire…unless they skew results to suit the Grammy’s, I actually predict Justin Bieber will win this one. He sold a crapload of CDs, probably more than the other four combined…oh wait, Drake is there…let’s just say Drake and the Biebs sold a lot of CDs but Biebs sold more. The question is: will they go by sales and popularity or artistic skill? I guess we’ll see tonight!
Artist of the Year:
Although giving it to Drake would be semi-logical (the man ‘did’ take the urban world by storm, and has a jet plane named after him), and passing it to Biebs will get the most screams (he ’caused teenage riots in Australia!!), I actually expect it to go to Neil Young. If Leonard Cohen can win Best Male Vocalist in a year where his competitors have beautiful voices, Neil Young can win Artist of the Year decades into his career.
Group of the Year:
Arcade Fire. Love BSS…but Arcade Fire has to win this one.
New Artist of the Year:
Desperately want Hannah Georgas to win, but expect Caribou will. Maybe they’ll save Hannah for songwriter…oh shit…she’s against Neil there…
Songwriter of the Year:
Went to Dallas last year, I honestly expect Hannah or Royal Wood to win…I’m putting my hopes and dreams behind Hannah Georgas.
Pop Album of the Year:
…Biebs…what?! It’s a good album, I listen to it, it’s poppy, so this category was made for it. You think Sarah McLachlan’s gonna win? I didn’t even know she had an album out!!
That’s it for me! I’ll tweet-y-tweet tonight and keep folks up to date if anything happens…like Drake falls off the stage, or as predicted earlier by me and a friend on Twitter, Sarah and Alanis announce that Sarah Harmer is their love child.