Nuela Charles was the evening’s big winner, taking home three awards, including R&B/Soul Recording of the Year for Do It Right, Pop Recording of the Year for Danger, and Album of the Year for Distant Danger, which was released in October.
“Don’t be afraid to take chances. E-mail whoever you want to e-mail, the worst they can say is no. Keep going,” the singer-songwriter told the Winspear crowd early in the night, giving thanks to a patient production team for assisting her in the recording studio.
“I’ll echo what Nuela said about not being afraid,” said Joe Nolan, who captured the award for Blues Recording of the Year. “We can get as weird as we want to be.”
But the night’s biggest cheers belonged to Nuela Charles, who returned to the stage for a third time to accept the award for Album of the Year.
“I would like to thank my label, Mastercard,” she joked, acknowledging the creative process as a constant effort to get things right, and wrapped up her comments with a tribute to the City of Champions. “I’ll be here in Edmonton until you kick me out.”