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The pop singer wasn't present at the ceremony to collect his gong

Justin Bieber was booed at Canada’s Juno Awards last night (March 30) as it was announced that he won the fan’s choice award.

The pop singer did not appear at the ceremony in Winnipeg, Manitoba to collect his gong, which saw him beat off competition from Celine Dion, Drake and Michael Buble.

Serena Ryder (pictured right), who picked up the songwriter of the year prize, later scolded the crowd off for booing the singer. “Justin Bieber is an amazing musician and he deserved every bit of that award because he’s been working his ass off his entire life,” she said.

“We need to support how awesome he is. He’s great. He’s amazing.”

As the BBC report, Canada’s Olympic women’s curling team picked up the award on Beiber’s behalf.

Arcade Fire won the coveted album of the year prize for ‘Reflektor’, accepting their award via video from their tour in South America. They also won the award for Alternative Album Of The Year.

Tegan & Sara, meanwhile, won Group Of The Year and best single for ‘Closer’. “I don’t think very many people, and especially not us, thought two queer kids from northeast Calgary would get to here, but we are here,” Tegan said.

The Juno Awards are the Canadian equivalent of the Brit Awards. Other winners included A Tribe Called Red and Bruno Mars, who won the international album of the year for ‘Unorthodox Jukebox’.

Robin Thicke was forced to cancel his performance at the awards to rest his voice. His absence followed an online petition calling for his removal from the show for “blatant sexism”.