TORONTO (Reuters) - Nelly Furtado stole the show at the Junos on Sunday, playing the roles of both host and big winner at the 2007 edition of the nation’s top music awards.
Furtado, 28, pocketed wins for best single, album, and for fan’s choice during the broadcast, adding to wins for artist and pop album of the year, which were presented at a gala dinner the night before.
Her 5 Junos, the Canadian equivalent of the Grammys, eclipsed Toronto punk rockers Billy Talent, who picked up a pair for best group and best rock album, for “Billy Talent II.”
“I’m just happy to be here and humbled,” Furtado said as she received her fan choice award, which is voted on by the Canadian public.
Furtado’s “Loose” album has sold about 5 million copies, spawned four top 10 hits, including the Juno-winning “Promiscuous,” and earned her a Brit award for best international female solo artist.
She burst onto the scene seven years ago with her debut album “Whoa, Nelly!”, but found a cooler reception for her 2003 follow-up “Folklore.”
Other award recipients on Sunday were jacksoul for R&B soul recording, and rocker Tomi Swick for best new artist. Winners at the Saturday presentation included the Dixie Chicks for best international album, and dance-rock band Mobile, for new group of the year.
Rapper k-os went home empty-handed despite being nominated for five awards.
Canadian rocker-turned-producer Bob Rock was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame for his work with bands such as Metallica, Aerosmith, and Motley Crue.