Canuck music stars getting tired of all the winning
At this point, perhaps we have all stopped noticing when Canadians clean up at awards shows. Between the American Music Awards, BET Awards, Billboard Music Awards, Grammys and Junos, Drakehas been nominated over 300 times since launching his career.
Same with Justin Bieber, who is also a Guinness World Record holder eight times over for having the most streamed tracks and album on Spotify in one week. And The Weeknd, who launches his 2017 world tour in Toronto on Nov. 25, pulled in the hardware at both the 2016 Billboard Music Awards and the Junos, sweeping up eight and five honours, respectively.
These Canadians continued to win big at the MTV Europe Music Awards on Sunday in Rotterdam, though only The Weeknd and fellow homegrown star Shawn Mendes actually showed up to claim their prizes.
Bieber, who carried away the most silverware at the EMAs last year with five awards, this year won Best Song for his smash hit “Sorry” as well as taking the title of Best Canadian Act.
Yes, that’s a real category, with Biebs winning out over — you guessed it — Drake, Mendes and The Weeknd, as well as “Here” singer Alessia Cara.
His army of so-called Beliebers also earned him his third prize of the night, Biggest Fans, in online voting via Twitter and Instagram.
But he was nowhere to be found at the awards show. Drake won the Best Hip Hop category but was also absent.
The Weeknd, meanwhile, took Best Video for “Starboy,” his track featuring French electronic duo Daft Punk. He, at least, showed up, performing the song from his upcoming album at the event.
Fast-rising pop star Mendes was also in attendance and gave his mother a birthday shout-out after winning the Best Male category.
Other winners included Lady Gaga, also among the absentees, who won Best Female and Best Look. Star staff, wire services
Justin Bieber won prizes including Best Song at the MTV Europe Music Awards, but wasn’t at the ceremony.