Avril Lavigne Confronts Topless Protester At Juno Awards 2023 As The Weeknd Dominates Wins
Avril Lavigne confronts topless protester at Juno Awards 2023 as The Weeknd dominates wins.Avril Lavigne made headlines at the Juno Awards, the Canadian equivalent of the Brits, after confronting a topless environmental protester onstage.
As the singer introduced a performance at the start of Monday's ceremony, a woman ran onto the stage behind her. The woman's back had a message that read "save the green belt", which apparently referred to a controversial housing development plan by the Ontario government.
Avril Lavigne Confronts Topless Protester At Juno Awards
Lavigne attempted to finish her speech before confronting the woman, saying, "Get the [expletive] off," and swatting at her breast, as reported by CBC News.
The woman was then escorted off stage by a security guard. Later in her acceptance speech for the TikTok Juno fan choice award, Lavigne joked, "Now, nobody try anything this time. I'll [mess a woman] up," while alluding to the intruder.
Shang-Chi actor Simu Liu, the ceremony's host, praised Lavigne, who is from Ontario, for "handling that topless lady like a champion."
The incident occurred amidst growing concerns over the Ontario government's controversial plan to remove 7,400 acres of protected Greenbelt land and open it up for housing, with 50,000 new homes set to be built by 2025.
The move has received criticism from environmental groups and is currently under investigation by the province's auditor general and integrity commissioner.
The Juno Awards also saw Toronto singer The Weeknd become the second most-honored artist of all time after winning album of the year for Dawn FM.
The musician, whose real name is Abel Tesfaye, earned his 22nd Juno award, overtaking Celine Dion and Bryan Adams. Only country-pop singer Anne Murray has more, with 24.
However, Tesfaye did not attend the event, and his absence reportedly prompted jeers from the crowd at the Rogers Place venue in Edmonton, Alberta.
Meanwhile, rock band Nickelback, whose lead singer Chad Kroeger used to be married to Lavigne, was inducted into the Canadian MusicHall of Fame at the event.
During their acceptance speech, Kroeger referenced the band's hometown of Hanna, saying, "Twenty-seven years, blood sweat, and tears, started off 300 kilometers southeast of here in a little town called Hanna. But we didn't make it here without a lot of help." The band closed the show by performing their hits Rockstar, How You Remind Me, and Animals.
Yes, Avril Lavigne has won several Juno Awards in the past. She has won a total of 8 Juno Awards, including Best New Artist, Album of the Year, and Pop Album of the Year.
Lavigne tried to finish her speech before confronting the woman and said "get the [expletive] off" while swatting at her breast. The protester was then escorted off stage by a security guard.
How Did The Audience React To The Weeknd's Absence From The Juno Awards, And What Was The Reason For His Absence?
The Weeknd did not attend the Juno Awards, and the reason for his absence is unknown.
In conclusion, Avril Lavigne's confrontation with a topless environmental protester and The Weeknd's dominant performance was among the highlights of the 2023 Juno Awards. The event also saw the rock band Nickelback being inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame. The Ontario government's controversial housing development plan and its impact on Greenbelt land also featured prominently at the ceremony.