If there are a few take-aways from the 2019 Juno Awards they are this: Shawn Mendes took home the most trophies, Sting made a surprise appearance and Corey Hart can still get the crowd on their feet.
On the awards side of things, Mendes took home five of the six trophies he was nominated for, including single of year for “In My Blood”, artist of the year, album of the year, songwriter of the year and pop album of the year. Unfortunately he was unable to attend the ceremony, and could only respond via Twitter. He did pre-record a rendition of his now Juno-winning single though, which played during the broadcast. Other winners during the night included Michael Bublé for adult contemporary album of the year, Tory Lanez for rap recording of the year, Arkells for rock recording of the year and Avril Lavigne in the Juno Fan Choice Award category. Post Malone took home the statue for international album of the year for Beerbongs Bentleys.
Sting made an appearance last night as well during the broadcast, to hand out the humanitarian award to Canadian producer-composer extraordinaire David Foster. The international superstar is currently in Toronto performing in the musical The Last Ship, and has been making appearances all across the region, so we should have known he’d be at the Junos as well. Still, it was a nice surprise.
Although Mendes taking the most awards, and Sting making a surprising appearance helped make the 2019 Juno Awards memorable, it was Corey Hart who stole the show. The 80s music staple retired in the late 90s, and was being inducted in the Canadian Music Hall of Fame during the broadcast. The musician took the stage and performed his hits Never Surrender and Sunglasses at Night, and it got the crowd on their feet. Hart didn’t appear to have missed a beat, and if anything, he’s not only introduced a new generation to his music, but he’s more than likely boosted interest for his upcoming tour of Canada.
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Zoe Kravitz Set To Star As Catwoman in The Batman
One of the stars of Big Little Lies, Zoe Kravitz, has signed on to play Catwoman in the upcoming The Batman film alongside Robert Pattinson. At this point it’s not known if she will play the main antagonist, or if she will be the love interest of Batman. In the comics, and the films, Catwoman has played both roles.
Rumour has it that over the last few weeks the role has come down to Joker’s Zazie Beetz, Eiza Gonzalez of Baby Driver, Oscar winner Alicia Vikander and Kravitz. Kravitz managed to snag the roll, even though there is a little concern with her scheduling since she is due to start filming the next installment of Fantastic Beasts soon.
Filming for The Batman is expected to start sometime soon, either this fall or early in 2020, so the movie will be ready for it’s June 25, 2021 release date.
As much as fans are excited for the new Batman film, Aquaman star Jason Mamoa is even more so. He is of course the stepfather of Kravitz, and shortly after the news broke he took to social media to let everyone know how proud he is of her.
“I’m so proud of u zozo bear. On and off screen OHANA,” he wrote on Instagram. “DC WB ohana Lola and Wolfies big sister is CAT WOMAN. Unbelievable so freaking stoked. Your going to have so much fun Aloha P bear.”
Kravitz responded to the post, saying “LOVE YOU PAPABEAR! love that aquaman and catwomen spend the holidays together from now on.”
Unfortunately odds of a crossover between the two characters is slim. Even though they are both DC comics properties, The Batman film is said to be separate the most current DC Films.
Drew Barrymore To Host A Daytime Talk Show
Back in August Drew Barrymore shot a pilot for a daytime television talk show, but none of the major networks were biting to pick it up. That all changed yesterday though when CBS Television Distribution made it official, they would air and produce Barrymore’s show starting in Fall 2020.
In a released statement Barrymore said “It is beyond my wildest dreams to have this opportunity for a daily talk show. I’m truly thrilled and honored to be creating this show with CBS.”
Barrymore of course was introduced at a very young age when she was one of the stars of E.T., and since then she has gone on to star in such films as The Wedding Singer, 50 First Dates, Never Been Kissed, Ever After and more. She also has some television credits to her name as well, including the Netflix series Santa Clarita Diet, Family Guy, and The World’s Best talent competition on which she served as a judge.
Steve LoCascio, chief operating and financial officer of CBS Global Distribution Group, said in a statement that “Drew is a huge star and a breath of fresh air — her show will energize any station’s lineup.”
At this point very little else is known about the new show, including what format it will take, but it was announced that Barrymore will also be an executive-producer for it.
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Gwen Stefani To Be Replaced By Nick Jonas On The Voice
When Gwen Stefani decided to return to The Voice for Season 17 after Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine announced his departure, fans were excited. Their excitement didn’t last long however, as NBC announced late Monday night that the singer would be departing once again at the end of the current season. They also quickly announced her replacement though, Nick Jonas. Jonas will be joining the returning coaches Blake Shelton, Kelly Clarkson and John Legend, all of whom took to social media to congratulate him.
“As a member of one of the hottest pop groups, Nick’s success in navigating all aspects of the music industry is exceptional,” Meredith Ahr, President, Alternative and Reality Group, NBC Entertainment, said in a statement. “We were so impressed by his innate musicality, technical aptitude and passion that he brought to Songland earlier this year and know he will be an incredible fit as a coach on ‘The Voice.’ We are excited to see Nick lend his mentorship, relatability and breadth of knowledge to a new crop of artists.”
Jonas also added a statement of his own, saying “I’m so excited to be a part of The Voice family. It’s such an awesome group of individuals, and I can’t wait to help these artists really build and hone in to find their unique voices.”
Jonas will be taking the red chair over for the 18th season in 2020. The 27 year old has quite the year, from being a part of Songland, to marrying Priyanka Chopra, reuniting with his brothers and now a coach on The Voice, his career continues to push him forward. The Jonas Brothers also have a memoir coming out next month.
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