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Premier Danny Williams was witty throughout Juno weekend. During Saturday night's non-broadcast awards gala, he offered the audience fashion advice, suggesting they shouldn't wear purple.
With a purple scarf draped around his neck, he joked people have come up to him and suggested being premier wasn't enough for him, that now he wants to be pope.
And after Saturday's evening host - Newfoundlander and Canada AM host Seamus O'Regan - raved about how rich his home province now was, Williams noted there were federal ministers present and joked he wanted them to think the economy wasn't so great.
"It's bad," he smiled. "It's really bad."
Then, sporting a blazer and Rolling Stones T-shirt on the red carpet Sunday, Williams was asked if he was a Beatle or a Rolling Stone.
The question stemmed from the song "Gimme Sympathy" 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 had a little run-in, but I got a lot of respect for the man, I got to tell ya."
The Paul was, of course, Beatle Paul McCartney.
He and Williams sparred over the seal hunt on Larry King Live a few years ago.
Got the Bieber Fever?
Mom Tina Plowman could hardly contain her excitement when she spoke with The Telegram about her recent "Bawlin' for Bieber" win.
Hits 99.1FM challenged parents, grandparents and all to "throw a hissy fit to get your kids to meet Justin Bieber."
The prize was a meet with Bieber, but also a spot inside the "Bieber pit" by the Mile One main stage at the Juno Awards broadcast on Sunday.
Plowman said she had won the contest and her daughter, Myranda Bursey, as well as three friends, were already scheduled to meet with Bieber.
Plowman was asked why she would bawl for Bieber.
"We know whatever makes our kids happy makes us happy, right?"
There was a touching moment as jacksoul won R&B/soul recording of the year during Saturday's non-broadcast awards ceremony.
"On the count of three (say) Haydain Neale," Ron Lopata asked an obliging audience in accepting the award.
Neale was the driving force behind jacksoul. He passed away at 39 due to lung cancer last November.
The winning album, "Lonesome Highway," was released earlier that month.
It was recorded as Neale battled the disease.
"It's a bittersweet kind of thing," Lopata told the media afterwards.
Friday's Juno Cup - just in case anybody forgot to check Pro-Line - was won by the ex-NHLers, who defeated the musicians 9-8.
The winners featured the likes of Gary Roberts and Troy Crowder as well as Newfoundlanders Darren Langdon, Terry Ryan, Harold Druken, and Andy Sullivan.
The latter, of course, never made it to the NHL, but there are many who think he should have.
The Rockers roster included Jim Cuddy (Blue Rodeo), rapper Classified, Sean McCann (Great Big Sea), John Gallant (Billy Talent), and country singer George Canyon.
But of all the skaters, the most sought-after autograph was neither a hockey player nor a musician.
It was Allan Hawco, star of the Republic of Doyle and pick-up player for the Rockers.
He stayed on the ice long after the final buzzer, signing programs and ticket stubs.
A meet and greet for Juno nominees at The Rooms on Friday, prior to the Juno Cup, allowed for schmoozing between nominees and presenters, industry representatives and members of government at the city, provincial and national levels.
Any that were able to fly in that is.
Walking in, the visitors were treated to champagne flutes filled with a mix of Grey Goose vodka, sparkling wine, mint and blueberries.
Provincial Minister of Culture, Terry French (dubbed minister of "parties and good times" in an introduction by Andy Newman) commented on the drink in a speech during the event.
"Anything that has a Newfoundland blueberry in it, by the way, is good for you. So you can drink away at these all weekend," he said, before raising his glass to toast "the Junos."
Juno Fan Choice Award - Michael BublÉ
Album of the Year - "Crazy Love," Michael BublÉ
New Artist of the Year - Drake
Songwriter of the Year - K'Naan
Group of the Year - Metric
Single of the Year - "Haven't Met You Yet," Michael BublÉ
Rap Recording of the Year - "So Far Gone," Drake
International Album of the Year - "Only By The Night," Kings Of Leon
Artist of the Year - K'Naan
New Group of the Year - Arkells
Country Album of the Year - "Dance With Me," Johnny Reid
Adult Alternative Album of the Year - "Three," Joel Plaskett
Alternative Album of the Year - "Fantasies," Metric
Pop Album of the Year - "Crazy Love," Michael BublÉ
Rock Album of the Year - "III," Billy Talent
Vocal Jazz Album of the Year - "Ranee Lee Lives Upstairs," Ranee Lee
Contemporary Jazz Album of the Year - "The Happiness Project," Charles Spearin
Traditional Jazz Album of the Year - "It's About Time," Terry Clarke
Instrumental Album of the Year - "As Seen Through The Windows," Bell Orchestre
Francophone Album of the Year - "Les sentinelles dormant," Andrea Lindsay
Children's Album of the Year - "Love My New Shirt," Norman Foote
Classical Album of the Year: Solo or Chamber Ensemble - "Joel Quarrington: Garden Scene," Joel Quarrington
Classical Album of the Year: Large Ensemble or Soloist(s) with Large Ensemble Accompaniment - "Mathieu, Shostakovich, Mendelssohn: Concertino & Concertos," Alain LefÈvre and London Mozart Players
Classical Album of the Year: Vocal or Choral Performance - "Adrianne Pieczonka sings Puccini," Adrianne Pieczonka
Classical Composition of the Year - "Lament In The Trampled Garden," Marjan Mozetich, "Lament In The Trampled Garden"
Dance Recording of the Year - "For Lack Of A Better Name," Deadmau5
R&B/Soul Recording of the Year - "Lonesome Highway," jacksoul
Reggae Recording of the Year - "Gonna Be Alright," Dubmatix ft. Prince Blanco
Aboriginal Album of the Year - "We Are," Digging Roots
Roots and Traditional Album of the Year: Solo - "Hunter, Hunter," Amelia Curran
Roots and Traditional Album of the Year: Group - "Good Lovelies," Good Lovelies
Blues Album of the Year - "The Corktown Sessions," Jack de Keyzer
Contemporary Christian/Gospel Album of the Year - "Where's Our Revolution," Matt Brouwer
World Music Album of the Year - "Comfortably Mine," Domenic Mancuso
Video of the Year - "Little Bit Of Red," Marc Ricciardelli, Serena Ryder
Producer of the Year - Bob Rock for work on "Crazy Love" by Michael BublÉ
Recording Engineer of the Year - Dan Brodbeck for work on "No Baggage" by Dolores O'Riordan
Recording Package of the Year - Martin Bernard (Art Director); StÉphane Cocke (Photographer); Thomas Csano (Designer/Illustrator) for work on Beats on Canvas self-titled album
Music DVD of the Year - "Iron Maiden Flight 666" by Sam Dunn, Scott McFadyen