This weekend’s JUNO Awards (Sunday, April 3 at 7 p.m. on CTV and CTV Go) touched our hearts in a way we were totally not expecting. Sure, we loved The Weeknd‘s and Shawn Mendes‘ performances, but when Burton Cummings walked onto the stage and almost cried (seriously, he was tearing up), we have to admit, these eyes were cryin’, too. For real. And love ’em or hate ’em, it was Nickleback’s touching introduction that kicked off the wave of emotion that followed. Burton Kroeger? Cuteness.
Capping off the celebration was a spectacular Cummings tribute by some of Canada’s greats: Jann Arden and Shawn Hook harmonized the heck out of “Break It to Them Gently.” And The Tenors‘ rendition of “Stand Tall” (our personal favourite) was flawless. Then, the man himself on the keys. What more could we have asked for? Maybe some Cummings vocals on “Stand Tall,” but otherwise? No complaints.
Cummings’ solo induction marks his second hall of fame appearance; his band The Guess Who was inducted in 1987. The artist now joins the likes of fellow Canuck solo inductees Alanis Morisette, Anne Murray, Bruce Cockburn, Daniel Lanois, Hank Snow, Joni Mitchell, k.d. lang, Leonard Cohen, Neil Young, Oscar Petersen and Shania Twain. Not too shabby. And certainly well deserved.
Watch the whole touching tribute at junos.ctv.ca. Just keep some tissues on hand, would ya?