Charlotte Cardin Leads with Four Wins While Haviah Mighty & Hill Kourkoutis Make History at 51st Juno Awards

Michael Raine
May 16, 2022

The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) and CBC celebrated Canada’s biggest night in music at the 51st Annual JUNO Awards Broadcast, marking the first in-person show since 2019. Hosted by Marvel Studios star of Shang-Chi and The Legend of The Ten Rings, Simu Liu, the awards were broadcast for the first time in history from an outdoor venue at Toronto's Budweiser Stage.

Following her three major wins Saturday evening  at the 2022 JUNO Opening Night Awards, and a  performance of her hit “Meaningless” on Budweiser Stage, a humbled Charlotte Cardin added Album of the Year to her collection of statuettes, making her the most decorated artist at this year’s JUNO Week with a total of four awards.

Hamilton-raised legends Arkells took home Group of the Year after an  two-song performance of “Reckoning” and “You Can Get It” that began from the crowd. Vancouver pop songstress JESSIA took home her first Juno for Breakthrough Artist of the Year, and Haviah Mighty became the first female in history to win best Rap Album/EP of the Year, only moments before her powerful performance of hits “Protest” and “So-So.”

Another woman making his at the Juno Awards this weekend was Hill Kourkoutis, who at the Saturday night gala became the first woman to win the Juno for Engineer of the Year.

Canadians were given the option to vote for the TikTok JUNO Fan Choice, which was awarded to Shawn Mendes. This marks the fourth time Mendes has won the award bringing his’ total Juno count to an impressive 13 awards. Mendes also made a special appearance to accept the prestigious JUNO International Achievement Award, which has only been awarded eight times previously. The award honours Canadian artists who have attained extraordinary success on the world stage and raised the profile of Canadian music around the world.

MusiCounts also recognized Canadian music educator,  Darren Hamilton’s (David Suzuki Secondary School, Brampton, ON) impact not only on students, but also their community and the music education field, through the MusiCounts Teacher of the Year Award, presented by the Canadian Scholarship Trust Foundation.

The Juno Awards Broadcast made history with the induction of legendary award-winning recording artist and world-renowned Broadway, television, film and fashion icon, Deborah Cox, during the induction and performance presented by TD. Cox became the first Black woman to join the Canadian Music Hall of Fame and was inducted by Toronto Raptors alumni, NBA Hall of Famer, author, music producer and friend, Chris Bosh. To mark the milestone and Cox’s immeasurable impact on Canada’s music scene, fans were treated to a four-track medley of her hits “Beautiful U R,” “Nobody's Supposed to Be Here,” “Where Do We Go From Here” and “Who Do U Love.”

The 2022 Juno Awards staged spectacular performances under the stars including the highly anticipated return of pop-punk icon and nine-time Juno Award winner Avril Lavigne, who rocked audiences with a nostalgic mashup of “Complicated,” “Girlfriend,” “I’m With You,” “Sk8r Boi,” and “Bite Me,” from her latest album Love Sux. Later in the show, Simu Liu returned to the stage with his own rendition of “Complicated.”

Arcade Fire lit up the night performing “Unconditional 1 (Lookout Kid),” while west-coast rap sensation and JUNO Award nominee bbno$, whose songs have been streamed more than 2.8 billion times globally, had the audience dancing in their seats to his viral tracks “Lalala” and “Edamame.” Godfather of PowWowStep and 2022 JUNO Award Winner DJ Shub & JUNO nominated Canadian hip-hop duo Snotty Nose Rez Kids performed a politicized medley of “War Club,” “Uncle Rico,” and “Rebirth;” past JUNO award nominee and presenter Lauren Spencer-Smith, took the stage for her platinum single “Fingers Crossed” and first-time JUNO Award nominee Tesher wowed the crowd with some of his international hits including a surprise collaboration performance of “Jalebi Baby” featuring an energetic Simu Liu. Mustafa, winner of the 2022 JUNO for Alternative Album Presented by CBC Music, moved audiences with a performance of "Stay Alive," which featured fifteen people from the community where he grew up.

The evening's roster of incredible presenters included some of Canada’s most notable personalities: actor and comedian Andrew Phung (Run the Burbs, Kim’s Convenience); co-creator and star of CBC’s hit series, Sort Of, Bilal Baig; Minister of Canadian Heritage The Honourable Pablo Rodriguez, JUNO Award winner and internationally acclaimed singer-songwriter Donovan Woods; JUNO Award nominee Faouzia; first female leader of the Assembly of First Nations, National Chief RoseAnne Archibald; Francophone nominee Roxane Bruneau; JUNO Award-winning and three-time JUNO nominated rapper and singer, TOBi and TikTok star and Indigenous activist Tia Wood.

Here is the complete list of2022 Juno Awards winners:

  • TikTok Juno fan choice: Shawn Mendes
  • Single of the year: “Meaningless,” Charlotte Cardin
  • International album of the year: “Sour,” Olivia Rodrigo
  • Album of the year: “Phoenix,” Charlotte Cardin
  • Artist of the year: Charlotte Cardin
  • Group of the year: Arkells
  • Breakthrough artist of the year: Jessia
  • Breakthrough group of the year: Monowhales
  • Songwriter of the year: Abel “The Weeknd” Tesfaye
  • Country album of the year: “What Is Life?,” Brett Kissel
  • Adult alternative album of the year: “Inwards & Onwards,” Half Moon Run
  • Alternative album of the year: “When Smoke Rises,” Mustafa
  • Pop album of the year: “Phoenix,” Charlotte Cardin
  • Rock album of the year: “Sisters Not Twins (The Professional Lovers Album),” The Beaches
  • Vocal jazz album of the year: “Now Pronouncing: Caity Gyorgy,” Caity Gyorgy
  • Jazz album of the year (solo): “Change of Plans,” Will Bonness
  • Jazz album of the year (group): “Worldview,” Avataar
  • Instrumental album of the year: “That Tall Distance,” David Myles
  • French language album of the year: “Impossible à Aimer,” Cœur de Pirate
  • Children’s album of the year: “Falling in Africa,” Garth Prince
  • Classical album of the year (solo artist): “Enargeia,” Emily D’Angelo
  • Classical album of the year (large ensemble): “Solfeggio,” L’Harmonie des Saisons, conducted by Eric Milnes ft. Hélène Brunet
  • Classical album of the year (small ensemble): “Beethoven: Sonates Pour Violon et Piano / Violin Sonatas Nos. 1, 2, 3 & 5,” Andrew Wan and Charles Richard-Hamelin
  • Classical composition of the year: “Arras,” Keiko Devaux
  • Rap album/EP of the year: “Stock Exchange,” Haviah Mighty
  • Dance recording of the year: “Caution,” Kaytranada
  • Contemporary R&B recording of the year: “Take My Breath,” The Weeknd
  • Reggae recording of the year: “Easy Now,” Kairo McLean
  • Contemporary indigenous artist or group of the year: “War Club,” DJ Shub
  • Contemporary roots album of the year: “Outside Child,” Allison Russell
  • Traditional roots album of the year: “Joyful Banner Blazing,” Maria Dunn
  • Blues album of the year: “Open Road,” Colin James
  • Contemporary Christian/gospel album of the year: “No Greater Love,” The Color
  • Global music album of the year: “Kalasö,” Afrikana Soul Sister
  • Jack Richardson producer of the year: WondaGurl
  • Recording engineer of the year: Hill Kourkoutis
  • Album artwork of the year: Mykaël Nelson, Nicolas Lemieux, Albert Zablit
  • Music video of the year: “Easy on Me,” Adele, Xavier Dolan
  • Electronic album of the year: “Oasis Sky,” TOR
  • Metal/hard music album of the year: “Bleed the Future,” Archspire
  • Adult contemporary album of the year: “The Art of Falling Apart,” Serena Ryder
  • Comedy album of the year: “Grandma’s Girl,” Andrea Jin
  • Traditional R&B/soul recording of the year: “24hrs,” Savannah Ré
  • Rap single of the year: “BOLD,” Charmaine
  • Underground dance single of the year: “Shadows in the Dark ft. Elliot Moss,” HNTR
  • Traditional indigenous artist or group of the year: “Kakike,” Fawn Wood

Michael Raine

Michael Raine is the Editor-In-Chief at NWC, publisher of Canadian Musician, Professional Sound, Professional Lighting & Production, and Canadian Music Trade magazines. He is also a co-host of the popular Canadian Musician Podcast. Michael has extensively covered nearly all aspects of the Canadian music business, as well as the pro audio, musical products, and the lighting and production industries.