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Canadian-born Captain Kirk himself, 81-year-old William Shatner, was this year’s host with the most.
The “Star Trek” icon poked lighthearted fun at Deadmau5 _ intentionally mispronouncing his moniker _ before riling up the crowd by asking if they were “ready to rock.”
Shatner then strapped on a Les Paul guitar and launched into a medley of a few bars of rock classics including “Born to Be Wild,” “Summer of `69,” and “Taking Care of Business” in his trademark sing-speak manner. In pre-show interviews he vowed he wouldn’t lend his vocals to the ceremonies.
He also gamely participated in comedy sketches with Nickelback and Hedley, playing the role of the delusional hanger-on, deadpanning his intention to become Nickelback’s fifth member.
Rockers Blue Rodeo were inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame after performing their hit “We Are Lost Together,” with chanteuse Sarah McLachlan.
Feist, City and Colour, Hedley and rock outfit Hey Rosetta! performed, while a dance medley featuring Dragonette, Alyssa Reid and JRDN brought the crowd to its feet.
The Arkells won Group of the Year on Saturday night during a gala awards ceremony. Thirty-four of the 41 Juno Awards were handed out during the gala, including New Group of the Year award to bluesy-rock outfit The Sheepdogs. The shaggy-haired band, who rose to fame after winning “Rolling Stone” magazine cover contest, beat out Nickelback, Johnny Reid, Hedley and City and Colour _ four outfits with 19 Juno wins under their collective belt _ to claim the prize for their bluesy amble “I Don’t Know.”
Adele’s “21” won International Album of the Year. Dan Mangan also achieved his first taste of Juno glory, winning Alternative Album of the Year. Drake’s “Take Care” won Rap Recording of the Year.
Canadian indie band Arcade Fire were the big winners last year, capturing four Juno awards including album of the year for “The Suburbs” and group of the year.
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