In advance of Sunday’s Juno Awards in Vancouver, awards were presented at the 2018 Juno Gala Dinner and Awards, held Saturday night at the Vancouver Convention Centre and hosted by Tom Power, host of CBC’s “q”.

Late Tragically Hip frontman Gord Downie — who passed away in October 2017 — received multiple posthumous honours during the ceremony, including Songwriter of the Year with collaborator Kevin Drew, as well as Adult Alternative Album of the Year. A tribute to Downie is scheduled to be a part of Sunday’s Juno Awards broadcast.

Also awarded was this year’s Junos host, Michael Buble, who took the award for Adult Contemporary Album of the Year, while fellow B.C. native Diana Krall took home statuettes for Vocal Jazz Album of the Year and Jack Richardson Producer of the Year. Krall will be performing a number from her latest album, “Turn Up The Quiet”, during the Junos telecast.

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First-time winners took the spotlight at this year’s gala, receiving more than half the evening’s awards (20 of the 36 awards). Awards were presented to: Alvvays (Alternative Album of the Year Sponsored by Long & McQuade); Anciients (Metal/Hard Music Album of the Year); Barbara Hannigan (Classical Album of the Year: Vocal or Choral); Do Make Say Think (Instrumental Album of the Year); Ivan Decker (Comedy Album of the Year Sponsored by SiriusXM Canada); James Barker Band (Country Album of the Year); Jan Lisiecki (Classical Album of the Year: Large Ensemble); Janina Fialkowska (Classical Album of the Year: Solo or Chamber); Jocelyn Morlock (Classical Composition of the Year); Kendrick Lamar(International Album of the Year); Kirk Diamond (Reggae Recording of the Year); Kobo Town(World Music Album of the Year); Nick Fiorucci (Dance Recording of the Year); Marianne Collinswith Ian Ilavsky and Steve Farmer (Album Artwork of the Year); Rezz (Electronic Album of the Year); Riley Bell (Recording Engineer of the Year); The Beaches (Breakthrough Group of the Year Sponsored by FACTOR, the Government of Canada, and Canada’s Private Radio Broadcasters); The Color (Contemporary Christian/Gospel Album of the Year); The Dead South (Traditional Roots Album of the Year); and The Glorious Sons (Rock Album of the Year) all took home their first Juno statuettes.

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Additional highlights of the evening included the presentation of four special awards: the Walt Grealis Special Achievement Award, presented by Jann Arden to broadcast trailblazer and fearless music industry veteran Denise Donlon for her significant role in shaping the Canadian music scene and paving a path for success for women in the industry; the International Achievement Award, presented to Arcade Fire in recognition of the band’s tremendous global success; the Humanitarian Award was presented to Gary Slaight for his devotion to Canadian music, emerging Canadian artists and his ongoing philanthropic support of health care, social service, culture and at-risk youth at home and abroad; finally, the MusiCounts Inspired Minds Ambassador Award was presented by the Canadian Scholarship Trust Foundation to Blue Rodeo’s Jim Cuddy for his extraordinary impact on music education.

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The 2018 Juno Awards, hosted by Michael Buble, begin at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on Sunday, Mar. 25.