We are happy that the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. held a fan-voted music awards this year. It provides a welcome contrast to best-of lists published by acid rock addicts who write for magazines. It is also important to recognize that Canadian tastes in music differ significantly from those in foreign lands who tend to nominate music for their awards which does not resonate as much with Canadian ears. The Canadian public is perhaps the best judge of its own music. Serge Fiori was voted album of the year and “Reflektor” by Arcade Fire song of the year.
The CBC first asked the public for nomination suggestions. Tens of thousands flooded in. From these, long lists of 20 artists in each of 10 categories were generated. These were voted down to short lists of five for which a subsequent round of voting determined the winners. Below is the list of CBC Music Award winners. On the head-scratching side, Michael Buble was voted “most likely to follow you back”. We love him, but with over 2 million Twitter followers, he’s only following 234.
Earworm of the Year Award for best song: Arcade Fire, “Reflektor”
“I Left Home to Buy This” Award for album of the year: Serge Fiori, Serge Fiori
Proof You Heard Them First Award for rising star: The Strumbellas
Best Reason to Buy a Concert Ticket Award for best live show: Arcade Fire
Top of the Class Award for artist of the year: Céline Dion
Homegrown Hero Award for best independent artist: The Rural Alberta Advantage
Best Way to Spend Three Minutes on YouTube Award for best music video: July Talk, “Summer Dress”
Most Likely to Follow You Back Award for best fan engagement: Michael Bublé
Heart of Gold Award for charitable work: Jim Cuddy
Wish You Were Here Award for best international artist: Ed Sheeran