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Lavigne sweeps Canadian awards
Avril Lavigne with Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chretien
Lavigne met Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chretien ahead of the awards
Teenage pop sensation Avril Lavigne has dominated Canada's national music awards, the Junos.

The singer, from Napanee, Ontario, won four prizes including best single, album and new artist.

Aged just 18, she has become one of the world's most popular female artists with pop-punk hits like Sk8r Boi and Complicated.

Another Canadian star, Shania Twain, hosted Sunday's show and won three awards.

Twain and Lavigne both performed to the 15,000-strong crowd at the ceremony in the country's capital, Ottawa.

Lavigne picked up the best album prize for her debut, Let Go, beating other nominees including Twain and Celine Dion.

MAIN JUNO WINNERS
Best single - Avril Lavigne, Complicated
International album - The Eminem Show
Best album - Avril Lavigne, Let Go
Best group - Sum 41
Best new artist - Avril Lavigne
Let Go was also named best pop album while her single Complicated won single of the year.

She has appealed to young fans around the world by cultivating an image as a rebellious rocker while singing commercial pop songs.

She was nominated for five Grammy Awards but won none earlier in the year.

Sunday's ceremony was the second of two Juno nights after some awards were given out at a gala dinner Saturday.

Twain won artist of the year, the Juno fan choice award and best country recording for I'm Gonna Getcha Good!

US rapper Eminem's album The Eminem Show was named best international album while Ontario rock band Sum 41 were named group of the year.

The Juno Awards, in their 32nd year, are the Canadian answer to the Grammys.


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