6ix God Drake was the big winner at the iHeartRadio MMVAs

June 27, 2016

Just a little more than a week ago, scores of celebrities and hordes of music fans descended upon the Bell Media building on Queen Street in downtown Toronto for the iHeartRadio Much Music Video Awards. This was the first year Much teamed up with iHeartRadio, as Bell recently reached a licensing deal with the company to operate a Canadian version of its online radio service. Hometown boy Drake took up most of the spotlight, taking home five awards of the seven he was nominated for. Toronto’s biggest rising star, Alessia Cara, was tied with Drizzy for the most nominations (she won Best New Canadian artist).

Some other notable winners included Nick Jonas (International Artist of the Year); alt-folk group The Strumbellas, who snatched Best Rock/Alternative Video for “Spirits”; Shawn Mendes & Camila Cabello, who locked down the Fan Fave Video for “I Know What You Did Last Summer”; Justin Bieber, who grabbed Fan Fave Artist or Group; iHeartRadio Canadian Single of the Year victor The Weeknd, for “Can’t Feel My Face”; and Rajiv Dhall, who won Fan Fave Vine Musician, which is something I didn’t know existed until this very moment.

On a more serious note, the awards contained more than a few political moments, with the news of the mass shooting at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando still vividly in the minds of those in attendance. Nick Jonas, accepting his award for International Artist of the Year, said, “To all the families and victims of the shootings recently, we love you, and we have not forgotten you.” On the red carpet, Sara Quin (of Calgary pop duo Tegan and Sara), whose girlfriend is from Orlando, spoke about the effects the shooting has had on the LGBT community, and Halifax pop star Ria Mae talked about her reaction to the tragedy.

See a full list of winners at the MMVAs official site.


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Matt Williams

Matt Williams is a writer and photographer. Born and raised on the Prairies in Winnipeg, he’s slowly made his way farther and farther east, spending a few years covering music in Toronto before running clear out of country and ending up on the shores of the Atlantic Ocean. In between, he’s made numerous detours, interviewing and photographing countless artists across North America and beyond. He heads up Amplify’s Instrumental series, where he talks with musicians about the relationships they’ve formed with their most important tools.

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