Two Manitoba-born musicians will get to add to their collection of JUNO awards, after taking home wins Saturday night.

Winnipeg singer-songwriter William Prince and Brandon’s James Ehnes won big at the 53rd annual JUNO Awards, hosted in Halifax’s Scotiabank Centre on Saturday and Sunday.

Prince won his second Contemporary Roots Album of the Year award for his album Stand in the Joy. He won that same award in 2017 for his record Earthly Days.

Prince was also nominated for Songwriter of the Year, bringing his total nomination count at the JUNOs to five.

Ehnes now has 11 JUNOs after his in the Classical Album of the Year (Solo Artist) category for Nielsen: Violin Concerto, Symphony No. 4. He was also nominated for Classical Album of the Year (small ensemble).

Head shot of James Ehnes smiling, wearing headphones and sitting in front of a studio microphone.
Brandon-born violinist James Ehnes won his 11th JUNO Saturday night. (Vivian Rashotte/CBC)

Other Manitobans made appearances Saturday, including singer Begonia, who was nominated for Adult Alternative Album of the Year for the second time. She also sang “Butterfly” during the gala’s in memoriam segment.

Manitoba artists garnered nominations in 10 categories this year. That includes Ottawa-born artist Leith Ross, alternative metal outfit KEN mode, guitarist Jocelyn Gould, the band Zoon and composer Haralabos (Harry) Stafylakis.

The Juno Awards continue on Sunday night, when winners of awards such as Album of the Year and Group of the Year will be announced.

WATCH: Manitoba’s Begonia sings “Butterfly” at the 2024 JUNO Awards

Begonia performs ‘Butterfly’ | 2024 Juno Awards In Memoriam

Begonia performs ‘Butterfly’ at the Juno Opening Night Awards In Memoriam. This year’s Opening Night Awards shine bright all the way from beautiful Halifax, NS. Catch electric performances and award presentations from Lu Kala, Begonia, Aqyila and more! Over 40 Juno awards are handed out at this industry event before the Junos broadcast on Sunday, March 24 at 8 pm ET.

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