Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Absent R&B Superstar the Weeknd Grabs Most Wins at Non-Televised Juno Gala

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Absent R&B Superstar the Weeknd Grabs Most Wins at Non-Televised Juno Gala

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The Weeknd, Bieber, Drake snag Junos

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CALGARY - He won the most Juno awards but there was no sign of superstar the Weeknd at Saturday night's celebration of the Canadian music industry.

It was hard to ignore the absence of the R&B singer, whose real name is Abel Tesfaye, at the gala dinner partly because he just kept on winning.

The singer grabbed three trophies for "Beauty Behind the Madness," picking up artist and R&B/soul recording of the year as well as songwriter of the year for his triple-threat of hit singles -- "I Can't Feel My Face," "In the Night" and "The Hills."

For those keeping track, the Weeknd now has a career total of seven Junos on his mantle, and he's up for three more at Sunday night's main event -- the televised show, where he's also scheduled to perform.

Each time he won on Saturday someone else would accept the award on his behalf.

That became a common theme at the non-televised gala ceremony, which streamed online, as other megastars secured their own Junos but didn't show up to take them home.

Justin Bieber grabbed pop album of the year for "Purpose" and Drake won rap recording of the year for "If You're Reading This It's Too Late."

Neither attended the ceremony at the Calgary Telus Convention Centre where most of the 42 Juno awards were handed out.

In a year when some of the world's biggest popstars were Canadian, it wasn't exactly a surprise some of them might be elsewhere.

The Juno producers found humour in one of the missing guests.

When Adele picked up international album of the year for "25," the organizers ran a clip of a past Brit Awards acceptance speech from the songstress with a Juno hastily pasted over top of the trophy.

The clip was only shown inside the auditorium and not in the streamed version, likely due to rights issues.

Music video of the year went to Adele's "Hello," though Quebec director Xavier Dolan was another no-show at the gala.

At least two newcomers who recently found themselves in the upper echelons of the Billboard charts were at the gala event, however.

Teen pop singers Alessia Cara and Shawn Mendes both watched from the audience, though neither won their album categories. …

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