Nickelback dominates the 2009 JUNO Awards
Updated Sun. Mar. 29 2009 11:02 PM ET
Lindsay Zier-Vogel, CTV.ca
Hometown heroes Nickelback came out on top with three awards at the 38th Annual JUNO Awards in Vancouver, B.C.
They kicked off their winning streak Sunday night by taking home Group of the Year.
"It's absolutely amazing," lead singer Chad Kroeger said of their Group of the Year award, and thanked his fans from the leaf-covered stage. This is the fourth time the band earned this title at the JUNOS.
Nickelback were also the first band to perform on the show, getting the party started with an explosive, pyrotechnic performance of their hit song, "Something in Your Mouth."
Known for their fist-pumping anthems and soaring power ballads, the band is made up of brothers Chad Kroeger (lead vocals and guitar) and Mike Kroeger (bass), Ryan Peake (lead guitar) and Daniel Adair (drums).
The group has sold 27 million albums worldwide since their 1996 breakthrough album "Curb." Their JUNO legacy began in 2001, when they were first named Best New Group.
Sunday night the band also picked up the awards for Album of the Year for "Dark Horse" and the JUNO Fan Choice Award, presented by Pepsi.
"This is the good one," lead guitarist Ryan Peake said of the Fan Choice Award. "This is why didn't get a real job. This is why we still don't have real jobs," he joked.
"It's all because of the Canadian fans," he said.
Sporting a bowtie and a checked blazer, rocker Dallas Green won the first award of the night, Songwriter of the Year.
The tattooed musician began his acceptance speech by first thanking his wife, Leah Miller, along with his family, and finished by thanking "anyone who's ever tried to write their own song."
Sam Roberts won Artist of the Year, after accepting Rock Album of the Year the previous night.
"This is amazing," he said on stage, dedicating his award to the musicians in his band.
"We are in outstanding company in this award. It's mind-blowing to be in your company tonight," he said to fellow nominees Bryan Adams, City and Colour, k.d. lang and Serena Ryder.
Kardinall Offishall was another two-time JUNO winner, beating out JUNO heavyweights Celine Dion and Nickelback for Single of the Year on Saturday night and Rap Recording of the Year during the televised ceremony.
"Lights" (a.k.a Valerie Poxleitner) was ecstatic to win New Artist of the Year.
"Oh my goodness. I was so not expecting this," said Poxleitner in her shiny purple dress.
Loverboy inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame
The rock group Loverboy was honoured for lifetime achievement and inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame, joining iconic Canadian musicians Bryan Adams, Rush and the Tragically Hip.
The four members of the 1980s band known for hits like, "Turn me Loose" and "Working for the Weekend" each thanked their families, colleagues and fans, and the contribution of their late bass player Scott Smith.
Russell Peters' sophomore schtick
Russell Peters took to the stage for his second appearance as host of the JUNO Awards joined by brightly costumed Bollywood dancers.
Peters, the Brampton, Ont. native, joined in the dance, then pulled out funky breakdancing moves that would have made the judges of So You Think You Can Dance Canada proud.
"I know it's Vancouver but what's with the grow-op on stage?" Peters joked about the oversized foliage that framed the stage. Mixing drug jokes with Olympic fever, Peters took jabs at Barenaked Ladies ex-frontman Steven Page, for his recent possession charges.
Of the 14 musical performances, Dallas Green of City and Colour blew the crowd away with his duet with Tragically Hip lead singer, Gord Downie.
Earlier in the night, the stage shifted to an ocean-blue as Vancouver-based songstress Sarah McLachlan, sang "U Want Me 2." The night before, McLachlan was honoured with the Allan Waters Humanitarian Award for her charity work.
Canadian rocker Bryan Adams was joined by 2009 nominee Kathleen Edwards who accompanied him on violin and back-up vocals.
JUNO winners The Stills rocked out with their hit "Being There" and Serena Ryder took to the stage with her "Little Bit of Red," an energetic song from this year's Adult Alternative Album of the Year.
Strutting etalk's red carpet
Not only did musical heavyweights Nickelback, Bryan Adams and Feist walk the red carpet to Vancouver's General Motors Place, but Olympians Jeremy Wotherspoon and Mellisa Hollingsworth joined in on the star-studded festivities
Red carpet host Ben Mulroney was looking casual in jeans and a black jacket as he chatted with Canadian celebrities and musicians like JUNO veterans Nickelback and Hedley.
etalk's Tanya Kim talked with the five-piece Montreal rock quintet The Stills, who walked away with both New Group of the Year and Alternative Album of the Year the night before.
"There's a lot of screaming going on over here," Serena Ryder told Kim on the red carpet. "I don't know how these people are going to keep their voices."
After winning last year's New Artist of the Year, Ryder was nominated for two JUNOs this year.
"I feel like I've won already just by being part of such an amazing, amazing group of people," Ryder said of her fellow Artist of the Year nominees, Bryan Adams, City and Colour, k.d. lang and Sam Roberts.