Canuck mu­sic stars get­ting tired of all the win­ning

Toronto Star - - ENTERTAINMENT -

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.

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