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Avril stops Mendes sweep

Avril Lavigne stopped Shawn Mendes from sweeping the board at Sunday night's Juno Awards, by taking home the Fan Choice award.

It was a massively successful night for Mendes, who took home prizes for Artist of the Year, Songwriter of the Year, Album of the Year and Pop Album of the Year for his eponymous record, and Single of the Year for In My Blood. He was also nominated for the Juno Fan Choice Award, but was pipped to the post by Avril.

Despite their victories, neither Avril or Shawn were at the ceremony. While Shawn is currently on tour in Europe, Avril is being kept busy in Abu Dhabi, where she recently performed alongside Luis Fonsi at the opening ceremony of the Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi.

Shawn, meanwhile, delighted fans by appearing on the awards broadcast with a taped performance of hit In My Blood.

Other big winners at the Juno Awards, held in London, Ont., included Post Malone, who took home the International Album of the Year gong for his record Beerbongs & Bentleys, and Arkells, who left with prizes for Group of the Year and Rock Album of the Year.

Sunday night's prizegiving also saw 1980s heartthrob Corey Hart, who has not performed on television in more than 20 years, inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame.

Sarah McLachlan took charge of hosting the ceremony, and wasted no time in taking aim at Canada's neighbor America, and their controversial president Donald Trump, as she told the audience: "You know when you live somewhere peaceful and beautiful, then you get a crazy neighbour, and they start causing all sorts of trouble like putting up weird walls, picking fights with all the other neighbours, and telling your daughters how they should behave, all the while saying they're making the area great again, and you just watch, feeling helpless, and hope they'll be gone by 2020..."

To cheers from the crowd, she added: "He does make me want to swear."



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