It was the biggest upset at the 2000 Juno Awards, and it held one of the night's most genuine expressions of emotion.
Winnipeg native Chantal Kreviazuk -- who beat out the likes of Celine Dion, Alanis Morissette, and Amanda Marshall to win the Best Female Artist award at Canada's most prestigious music industry event -- couldn't help but blurt out "I'm so frickin' nervous!" during her acceptance speech at Toronto's SkyDome on Sunday.
Kreviazuk also took home the Best Pop/Adult Album statue for "Colour Moving And Still," the follow-up to her 1997 debut "Under These Rocks And Stones." The pair of awards is likely to help the singer/songwriter's profile when "Colour Moving And Still" (which had an October release in Canada) is released in the U.S. on April 18.
Other double winners included Alanis Morissette, Shania Twain, angst rockers The Matthew Good Band (who won Best Group in a tight race among Moist, Our Lady Peace, and The Tea Party), and "She's So High" songster
"This is surreal," a shellshocked Kreviazuk said backstage. "Even right now [receiving these awards] seems like a mistake or something." Prior to getting the biggest surprise of her life, Kreviazuk had performed at the event, which was televised across Canada on CBC-TV.
Other performers who kicked out the jams onstage included recent Grammy winner Diana Krall, Barenaked Ladies, Our Lady Peace, rapper Choclair (whose debut CD, "Ice Cold," will be released on Priority in the U.S. on Tuesday), and popular Celtic rockers Great Big Sea.
Incidentally, for the first time in Juno history, the awards presentation was spread over two nights. It didn't go unnoticed that only 14 of the 42 winners actually showed up to pick up their statues on Saturday.
Raising the decibel level in the stadium on Sunday were teen idols The Moffats, who hosted and performed, and A.J. McLean and Howie Dorough of the Backstreet Boys, whose "Millennium" won a Juno for Best Selling Album (Foreign
At the packed backstage area, the pair thanked Canada for embracing the Boys before anyone else.
"Canada was the first country to accept us with open arms," Dorough told reporters. "It will always have a special place in our hearts."
Dorough and McLean -- who also took time out to confess they dig punk, trip-hop, maple syrup, and Canadian women -- told the media scrum that their next album will include more diverse musical elements.
While Kreviazuk remains virtually unknown in the U.S., her female contemporaries who have established a strong presence in the U.S. fared well at the 29th annual event. Alanis Morissette, who'd been nominated for a whopping five awards, walked away with trophies for Best Album for "Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie" and Best Video for "So Pure;" Shania Twain bagged awards in the Best Songwriter and Best Country Female Artist categories; Diana Krall took home the Best Vocal Jazz Album statue for "When I Look In Your Eyes;" and Morissette
presented Sarah McLachlan with the International Achievement Award for her humanitarian efforts and "extraordinary vision."
"It's really nice to be recognized by your own country," McLachlan said backstage. "This means more to me than any other award I've received."
McLachlan, whose hugely successful Lilith Fair tour has raised more than $2 million for various women's organizations, added that she's "very excited about getting into my garden this summer for the first time in years."
The otherwise ho-hum event offered one interesting twist. Sky, a Montreal-based pop outfit that released its debut album, "Piece Of Paradise," last year, won a Juno for Best New Group; the act also split up two weeks back.
Winners of the 2000 Juno Awards:
- Best Group: Matthew Good Band
- Best Rock Album: Matthew Good Band
- Best Album: "Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie," Alanis Morissette
- Best Female Artist: Chantal Kreviazuk
- Best Male Artist: Bryan Adams
- Best Selling
Album (foreign or domestic): "Millennium," Backstreet Boys
- Best Single: "Bobcaygeon," The Tragically Hip
- Best Pop/Adult Album: "Colour Moving And Still," Chantal Kreviazuk
- Best Alternative Album: "Julie Doiron And The Wooden Stars," Julie Doiron And The Wooden Stars
- Best New Solo Artist: Tal Bachman
- Best New Group: Sky
- Best Country Male Artist: Paul Brandt
- Best Country Female Artist: Shania Twain
- Best Country Group or Duo: The Rankins
- Best Songwriter: Shania Twain
- Best Vocal Jazz Album: "When I Look In Your Eyes," Diana Krall
- International Achievement Award: Sarah McLachlan
- Best Dance Recording: "Silence," Delirium
- Best R&B/Soul Recording: "Thinkin' About You," 2Rude featuring Latoya and Miranda
- Best Rap Recording: "Ice Cold," Choclair
- Best Reggae Recording: "Heart And Soul," Lazo
- Best Blues Album: "Gust Of Wind," Ray Bonneville
- Best Gospel Album: "Legacy Of Hope," Deborah Klaasen
- Best Contemporary Jazz Album (Instrumental)
- "...so far," D.D. Jackson
- Best Traditional Jazz Album (instrumental) - "Deep In A Dream," Pat LaBarbera
- Best Producer: Tal Bachman
- Best Video: "So Pure," Alanis Morissette