9 Things to Know About Anne Murray, Who Has Won More Juno Awards Than Anybody (Even The Weeknd)
By winning five Juno Awards this year, The Weeknd has upped his career total of Juno wins to 22. Only one artist in Juno history has won more awards: That’s the great Anne Murray, who has picked up 25 over the years.
Watching The Weeknd close in on Murray’s long-held record echoes the way Beyoncé closed in on – and this year surpassed – classical conductor Sir Georg Solti’s record as the all-time Grammy Award winner. Even if Murray’s record is eventually toppled, the fact she has held it so long speaks volumes. (The artists who are next up on the Juno leaderboard are also global superstars: Bryan Adams is in third place with 21 Junos, while Celine Dion is in fourth place with 20.)
Murray’s collection of Junos includes back-to-back awards for both album of the year and single of the year for 1980-81. She took the album awards with New Kind of Feeling and Anne Murray’s Greatest Hits, and the single prizes with “I Just Fall in Love Again” and “Could I Have This Dance.”
Murray was one of the top pop/country crossover artists of the 1970s and ’80s. She topped the Billboard Hot 100 once (with “You Needed Me” in 1978) and the Hot Country Songs 10 times. She won a Grammy for best female pop vocal performance with “You Needed Me” and for best female country vocal performance three times, with “Love Song,” “Could I Have This Dance” and “A Little Good News.”
Murray was best known for ballads, such as the exquisitely sad “Broken Hearted Me,” but she also had some midtempo hits, including covers of The Beatles’ sassy “You Won’t See Me” and The Monkees’ endearing “Daydream Believer.”
Murray also had a wonderfully dry sense of humor in concert. When a fan would yell out a request, she would counter with a dry “Not yet. First, I want to work you up to feverish pitch.”
Here are nine things to know about Anne Murray.