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2018 Junos: Arcade Fire & Gord Downie Win Big, A Barenaked Reunion and Michael Buble Hosts

Last year’s Juno Awards had problems even before it began, when host Michael Buble had to step down as the host after family issues arose, but this year he was front and centre of the show, and even started the night off with some good news. The singer announced early on that he and his wife were expecting their third child. And that wasn’t the end of the positivity showcased throughout the evening. 

When Arcade Fire’s Win Butler took the stage to claim the Album of the Year Award for Everything News, he stated “I just hope that we can all rise above negativity in our lives and just do what we believe in. Speak your truth and don’t be afraid to just do whatever the hell you want.”

Gord Downie’s brothers Mike and Patrick continued the inspiring words when they accepted his posthumous Artist of the Year award.  “If we’ve learned anything from Gord it was the value of taking care of each other,” Patrick said. “This is Gord’s award. It’s artist of the year, but he was our man of a lifetime. I’d like to believe we’re all better artists and people because of him. We love you Gord and we’re all taking good care of each other.” The love towards Downie was also felt earlier on during a special tribute to the late singer, which was led by Sarah Harmer and Dallas Green, alongside Barenaked Ladies keyboardist Kevin Hearn.

The other big highlight of the evening was of course the induction of the Backnaked Ladies into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame. The group reunited with former bandmate Steven Page to accept the award, and even closed out the broadcast with a montage of their hits One Week and If I Had $1,000,000. Page left the group to pursue a solo career back in 2009. Before they could finish their montage though, Jann Arden, Jim Cuddy, The Jerry Cans and the Northern Touch All-Stars joined them sing-along.

The other winners for the evening were: RB/Soul Recording of the Year: Freudian by Daniel Caesar,  Breakthrough Artist of the Year: Jessie Reyez, Rap Recording of the Year: Shooters by Tory Lanez and Juno Fan Choice: Shawn Mendes.

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Meghan Markle Is Pregnant!

Rumours have been spreading for weeks that Meghan Markle and Prince Harry were expecting their first child, but there had been no official word on it. That is, until today when Kensington Palace confirmed the news.

In a released statement, Kensington Palace said “Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are very pleased to announce that The Duchess of Sussex is expecting a baby in the Spring of 2019. Their Royal Highnesses have appreciated all of the support they have received from people around the world since their wedding in May and are delighted to be able to share this happy news with the public.”

The new comes five months after the couple’s very public royal wedding back in May. The couple started dating in July 2016 after being set up on a blind date, but the announcement that they were dating wasn’t announced until October 2016. While dating they spent time in both London and Toronto, but now live together at Kensington Palace.

The pair are currently touring Australia to promote the upcoming Invictus Games and are expected to stay on their first tour together for 16 days before heading back home.

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Model Karlie Kloss And Designer Christian Siriano Join Project Runway

When Project Runway returns next season, it will have a pair of new faces joining the cast. It was announced yesterday that model Karlie Kloss will be hosting the long time series, while and designer Christian Siriano will take over as mentor, respectively. Kloss will also play the role of executive producer when the reality show returns to Bravo next year.  They will be taking over from longtime host Heidi Klum and mentor Tim Gunn. 

In a released statement Kloss said “As someone who grew up watching ‘Project Runway,’ I could not be more excited to host and produce a series that provides a platform to aspiring American designers as they pursue their creative and entrepreneurial dreams. I am equally as thrilled to work alongside an incredibly talented group of fashion innovators — Brandon Maxwell, Elaine Welteroth, Nina Garcia and Christian Siriano — to inspire, support and help guide these designers as they realize their visions and build everlasting brands and businesses.” As for Siriano, he said “‘Project Runway’ has offered such wonderful opportunities for so many and I’m excited to take on this role as a mentor. I hope to guide and inspire the new talent on the rise.”

As for the judges for the upcoming season, Elle editor-in-chief Nina Garcia will return, and this time she will be joined by fashion designer Brandon Maxwell and journalist Elaine Welteroth.

An exact release date has not been announced as of yet, but it is expected to air sometime next year on Bravo.

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Taylor Swift Wins Big And Makes History At The American Music Awards

Taylor Swift has been making headlines lately for involving herself in a politics for the first time, and last night after making history by becoming the most decorated woman in the history of the American Music Awards, she continued to encourage people to vote.

“This award and every single award given out tonight were voted on by the people, and you know what else is voted on by the people,” she said, “the midterm elections on November 6.”

All in all, Swift won four awards, including Artist of the Year, Favourite Female Artist Pop/Rock and Favourite Album for Reputation. With those awards she has now won a total of 23 during her career, beating out Whitney Houston for the most ever by a female artist. 

Drake came into the night tired with Cardi B for the most nominations, but didn’t win a single award. Cardi B on the other hand won 3 trophies, including Favourite Hip-Hop/Rap Artist. Other winners included Migos, Shaun Mendes, Kane Brown, Post Malone, Carrie Underwood, Khalid and Camila Cabello.

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