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Young won for Artist of the Year over Justin Bieber, Drake, Sarah McLachlan and Johnny Reid, commenting, “What year is this?”

CANADIAN CONTENT: JUNOS SALUTE ARCADE FIRE, NEIL YOUNG, SHANIA TWAIN

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After their upset at the stateside Grammys, Arcade Fire took home four Junos at Saturday night’s televised Canadian awards show held in Toronto’s Air Canada Centre, including Best Group, Best Album, Alternative Album and Songwriter.

The band finished the night earning the most honors as part of the award show’s 40th anniversary celebration, with the evening’s other big winner, Neil Young, and Shania Twain in the audience, and hip-hop star Drake hosting.

“We’re so happy,” said Arcade Fire’s Win Butler, who proceeded to give a shout-out to the Canadian bands he came up with, from Royal City to Hidden Cameras, the Unicorns and Wolf Parade. “We’re so honored.”

Young won for Artist of the Year over Justin Bieber, Drake, Sarah McLachlan and Johnny Reid, commenting, “What year is this?” He also was awarded the Juno in the Best Adult Alternative Album category for Le Noise, and was presented with the Allan Waters Humanitarian Award by Daniel Lanois, who earned honors for producing Young’s album.

EMI Music Canada President Deane Cameron was given the Walt Grealis Special Achievement Award, while Shania Twain was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame by Bryan Adams.

Aside from Arcade Fire and Young, the only other multiple winner was Justin Bieber, who nabbed the Fan’s Choice Award and Best Pop Album for My World. 2.0. Bieber appeared via satellite from Rotterdam, where he was on tour, to sing a duet of Sarah McLachlan’s “I Will Remember You” with host Drake.

Drake had a field-leading six nominations, but failed to win any, losing to Shad’s “TSOL” for Best Rap Recording, but earned many fans with a sterling job as emcee.

In all, 32 awards were handed out, covering all musical genres from rock to jazz to classical.

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