Blue Rodeo takes home Juno trophies
Monday, April 7, 2008
– Blue Rodeo was the big winner among country and rootsy acts during Canada's version of the Grammys - the Juno awards - held Sunday night in Calgary.
Blue Rodeo won the award for group of the year along with adult alternative album of the year for "Small Miracles." The video of the year went to "C'mon" with Christopher Mills directing the Blue Rodeo song.
Paul Brandt, who had some hits when he was on the Warner label in the U.S., won country recording of the year for "Risk."
Nathan won the award for roots and traditional album of the year for a group, while David Francey won the same award in the solo category.
The big winner was the singer Feist, who took home five awards.
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