Uh, oh. SpagettiOs.
The Juno Awards were Sunday night in Ottawa.
The awards were unfolding in predictable fashion: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made an appearance. Sarah McLachlan, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Bryan Adams and pop star Shawn Mendes were all in attendance. Canadian funnyman Russell Peters hosted the show for the third time.
Things were going accordingly … until The Tragically hip won Group of the Year.
Both Rob Baker and Paul Langlois both accepted the award. Rob Baker thanked everyone under the sun (which Hip fans loved) and then when it was Paul Langlois’s turn, the Junos started to play him off.
And he called them on it.
“Go to commercial, go ahead. This is my arena, not yours,” Langlois said before turning his back to the cameras.
It probably wouldn’t have seemed so terrible if the show hadn’t cut him off at exactly the same time he started talking about frontman Gord Downie, who was not at the show, but sent in a pre-taped message for his Songwriter of the Year win. Downie announced last year he is battling terminal brain cancer.
The winners of Sunday’s Juno Awards:
Album Of The Year: Leonard Cohen, You Want it Darker.
Group Of The Year: The Tragically Hip, Man Machine Poem.
Breakthrough Artist: Ruth B.
Songwriter Of The year: Gord Downie for “The Stranger,” “The Only Place to Be” and “Son” from Secret Path.
Pop Album Of the Year: Alessia Cara, Know-It-All.
Country Album Of The Year: Jess Moskaluke, Kiss Me Quiet.
Fan Choice Award: Shawn Mendes
Other winners from Saturday night:
Artist Of The Year: Leonard Cohen.
Adult Alternative Album Of The Year: Gord Downie, Secret Path.
Rock Album Of The Year: The Tragically Hip, Man Machine Poem.