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Feist wins Juno for artist of the year in Canada

TORONTO - Indie-rock songstress Leslie Feist took home a Juno for artist of the year on Sunday night, her third win at the 41st annual Canadian Music Awards ceremony.

Feist, best known for her whimsical 2007 song “1234,’’ which became an international hit after it was featured in an iPod nano commercial, might have surprised some with Sunday night’s win since her contemplative fourth disc, “Metals,’’ wasn’t nominated for album of the year.

Another of the night’s early winners was no surprise: Eighteen-year-old teen-pop sensation Justin Bieber claimed the Juno Fan Choice award, a prize he claimed at last year’s Junos.

“What’s up everybody? This is Justin,’’ he said in a prerecorded message.

“Fan choice. As we all know I have the best fans in the world, so this award is basically for all my fans. This is just yours.’’

Vancouver singer-songwriter Dan Mangan was named best newcomer.

“I feel like there’s a certain amount of chatter around the best new artist award every year going to ... artists on their second or maybe third albums,’’ said Mangan, whose “Oh Fortune’’ was, yes, his third album.

Dance recording of the year went to Toronto’s Dragonette and French DJ Martin Solveig, not anticipated favorite Deadmau5 - who had won the category four years in a row.

City and Colour’s Dallas Green won songwriter of the year, beating out Feist, Dan Mangan and Jim Cuddy. AP

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