NELLY SOARS TO VICTORY AT JUNOS

It's a fantastic night for the newcomer - and there is success for Barenaked Ladies and Neil Young too...

NELLY FURTADO, who went straight into the UK singles charts at Number Five yesterday (March 4) with her single ‘I’M LIKE A BIRD’, dominated CANADA’s answer to the GRAMMYS and the BRITS on Saturday (March 3), scooping four awards.

The British Columbia-born newcomer had a triumphant night at the Junos, taking home Best Single, Best Songwriter, Best New Solo Artist and Best Producer, with Gerald Eaton and Brian West. Furtado also performed two songs – ‘I’m Like A Bird’ and ‘Turn Out The Light’.

The Best Group prize went to The Barenaked Ladies, who also received the Best Album and Best Pop Album awards, both for ‘Maroon’. The Tragically Hip won Best Rock Album for their newest LP, ‘Music @ Work’.

In a nod to the old school, Neil Young was named Best Male Artist, while Joni Mitchell received the award for Best Vocal Jazz Album (for ‘Both Sides Now’).

Other winners included Jann Arden for Best Female Artist, The New Pornographers for ‘Best Alternative Album’, Love Inc. for Best Dance Recording, Jacksoul for Best R&B/Soul Recording, Swollen Members for Best Rap Recording and Eminem for Best Selling Foreign or Domestic Album.

Eleven-time Juno winner Bruce Cockburn was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame – which led to performances of his songs by The Barenaked Ladies via satellite from a concert in Prince George, British Columbia.

Other performances were given by Snow, Maestro, Jacksoul, The Moffatts and Treble Charger.

Canadian comic Rick Mercer hosted the gala event, which was broadcast from Copps Coliseum in Hamilton, Ontario.