The Juno Awards are heading to Regina, Sask. for the televised show on April 21. Performers include host Michael Bublé, k.d. lang (who is also being inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame), Billy Talent and Carly Rae Jepsen. Jim Cuddy and Anne Murray will also be there to hand out awards.
But, of the more than 1,300 Junos that have been awarded over the past 43 years, not all are where they should be. We look back at more than 30 years of all things missing, lost, stolen, revoked and refused at the Juno Awards.
Stompin’ Tom Connors sends back his six Juno awards from previous years to protest the accolades given to “turncoat” Canadian artists living and working in the U.S.
The elephant (not) in the room: Sharon, Lois & Bram (and Raffi) boycott the awards, saying the Junos reward popularity instead of artistry.
Don’t forget them when they’re gone: the Junos aren’t held for the first time since 1970 due to a scheduling change. Glass Tiger had to wait an extra year to be named Canadian Entertainer of the Year.
Girl, you know it’s true. Milli Vanilli’s Juno for International Album of the Year is revoked months later, when it’s revealed they didn’t sing on it.
Rascalz live up to their name and refuse their Juno for Best Rap Recording, saying racism is why the award is not televised. The next year, the award is featured in the main event. They win and perform at the ceremony.
“Sometimes When We Touch” singer Dan Hill discovers his 1978 Juno Award is out of reach (i.e. stolen). He miraculously recovers it while on the way to Juno festivities, a year later.
The first Juno for metal is given out. Watch out for pillaging: this category includes Viking metal.
Let’s hope Jim Cuddy and the award he’s presenting don’t get “Lost Together.”