JUNO BUZZ: Is Danny Williams a Rolling Stone or a Beatle?

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Premier Danny Williams, sporting a blazer and Rolling Stones T-shirt on the red carpet, was asked if he was a Beatle or a Rolling Stone.

The question stems from a song by group of the year Metric.

Williams' answer: I'm in the Stones' corner. Actually I grew up with The Beatles, but myself and Paul (McCartney) had a little run-in, but I got a lot of respect for the man, I got to tell ya.

McCartney and Williams sparred over the seal hunt on Larry King Live a few years ago.

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Drake, Juno winner as new artist and for rap recording, comparing the Junos to the Grammys.

He said he was very sick that night and it was overwhelming. He remembered walking the red carpet in a melee of people who were a lot more famous than he is.

Still, he said it was one of the more memorable nights of his career, noting that it included a performance with Eminem and Lil' Wayne.

He said he is always promoting Canada in the U.S. and the Juno is special because it show his support of Canada is being reciporcated.

Drake was nominated for two Grammys this year, including best rap song.

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Songwriter of the year K'Naan's song Wavin Flag has been chosen as the FIFA 2010 world cup of soccer.

He's been travelling around with the cup promoting the tournament.

It's on a plane with me all the time, he said.

It's cool, man, the actual world cup and me sitting next to it, he said.

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April Wine were inductees into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame tonight and Myles Goodwyn offered the press a few opinions after the show.

...On the longevity of April Wine music:

We're not one hit wonders. We're not that.

...On today's Canadian acts:

They might be one hit wonders, he said, adding he really hopes the kids experience what April Wine and others have.

I hope these kids have more than one hit. I hope they have lots ,and I hope they are smart enough to (handle it).

...On Justin Bieber:

He's adorable.

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Michael Bubl is good for Newfoundland tourism numbers.

He told reporters he brought his parents, grandparents, and his sisters' families to St. John's for the Junos.

It's a beautiful place with sweet people, he said, noting he's been here before.

Bubl is cutting his trip short though.

Due to concerns about the Icelandic ash cloud grounding flights he's getting out of town tonight.

The big fear his fianc, Argentinian actress Luisana Loreley Lopilato de la Torre, would be stranded and miss a work committment.

So far this year, Bubl has won three Junos.

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  • Carol Ann
    July 27, 2010 - 13:55

    The show was great,I watched as a proud Newfoundlander, as our people showed what we all about ,a welcoming music loving province. To the artists who so willingly signed autographs and posed for pictures for the fans thank you.