Arcade Fire was the big winner in the fan-voted CBC Music Awards. The Montreal indie mainstays won two awards, amassing the most votes in the Earworm of the Year Award category for best song and Best Reason to Buy a Concert Ticket Award for best live show.
The CBC Music Awards are fans’ choice awards, where tens of thousands of nominations from listeners were used to create a long list of 20 artists in each of the 10 categories. That list was voted down to a short list of five, with subsequent voting deciding the eventual winners.
The categories were meant to reflect the fan’s musical experience, looking not only at great music, but great concerts and also ways musicians make extra effort like the Most Likely to Follow You Back Award for best fan engagement, which was won by Michael Bublé, and the Heart of Gold Award for charitable work, won by Jim Cuddy.
Fans named Celine Dion as artist of the year (Top of the Class Award), who had a monster year of touring and releasing a live album and a popular studio album before announcing she was putting her career on hold to care for her husband as he undergoes treatment for cancer. Serge Fiori, best known as a member of the hugely influential Quebec band Harmonium, won the “I Left Home to Buy This” Award for album of the year by a huge margin for his first solo release in 28 years.
Presenting the winners of the 2014 CBC Music Awards, as chosen by you:
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: Celine 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