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Since 1970—the year the first JUNO was awarded, the JUNOs have seen the biggest and best talent of the Canadian music scene. To celebrate this year’s epic show, we’re taking a look back at the first appearances of some of our favourite celebs to grace the JUNOs red carpet.
To date, the infamous Biebs has only attended one JUNO awards. Back in 2010, JB was 16, fresh faced, and scandal free. That year, he was nominated for a handful of awards including New Artist of the Year, but went home empty handed.
At just 18 years old, Lavigne cleaned up at her first JUNOs in 2003, taking home four awards including Album of the Year and Single of the Year for Complicated.
Buble made his JUNOs debut in 2004 and won the Best New Artist. Since then, he’s gone on to win 11 more awards and even hosted the show in 2014!
Like Buble, Drake also holds the title of JUNO winner and host. The Boy made his first appearance at the awards was in 2010 where he also took home the New Artist of the Year award.
Ah, Nickelback, the Albertan rockers that everyone loves to hate and hates to love. The guys of Nickelback have been nominated 28 times and brought their first piece of hardware home in 2001 as the Best New Group. In 2002, they returned to win three more awards and perform their Single of the Year, How You Remind Me.
The four-piece first started making waves at the JUNOs in 2006, where they were nominated for New Group of the Year and even closed the show with a performance of On My Own. They didn’t take home an award until 2011 for Video of the Year for Perfect. Frontman Jacob Hoggard pulled double duty at last year’s awards as the host and as a performer.
In 2005, the boys of Simple Plan strutted on the JUNOs red carpet in cargo pants and sneakers. That year they were nominated for three awards, but unfortunately, lost out to Billy Talent for Group of the Year and Album of the Year and to Avril Lavigne for Pop Album of the Year.
In 2005, Feist made her JUNOs debut, taking home two of the four awards she was nominated for, including New Artist of the Year. But it was in 2008 that she really cleaned up, taking home a whopping five awards in all her nominated categories.
In 2009, 22-year-old Lights appeared at her first JUNOs and went home with the Best New Artist award. Her second and third studio albums were later nominated for Pop Album of the Year.