By Laura Ferreiro
Despite the fact that he was a no-show, Justin Bieber won the biggest award of the night at the MuchMusic Video Awards in Toronto Sunday night. The Canadian pop star took the top prize in his native land, winning the Favorite Artist Award as voted on by ordinary fans.
Meanwhile, Taylor Swift picked up the award for Favorite International Artist or Group and made her first appearance at the MuchMusic Awards, which was a fairly convenient stop for her given that she was playing sold-out shows in Toronto earlier in the weekend.
Swift walked the red carpet in a form-fitting black-and-white bandage dress, and also presented a performance by her buddy, Ed Sheeran, at the show. She gave MuchMusic a big shout out when accepting the prize. "This is amazing. Thank you so much," she said. "I just want to thank MuchMusic for playing music videos, and for giving us a reason to put a visual element to the music. To the fans, I've had an amazing weekend with you — two sold-out shows. You're the reason we keep coming back to Canada. So thank you so much for everything."
One thing about Swift – despite the fact that the 23-year-old's awards shelf is already crowded with countless awards including Grammys, American Music Awards, Video Music Awards and Country Music Association Awards – she always seems genuinely grateful when accepting the honors.
Meanwhile, Canadian singer Avril Lavigne won International Video of the Year by a Canadian for her new single "Here's to Never Growing Up," which she performed live on the show. She also wished everyone a "Happy Father's Day," when accepting the award and mentioned that her father was sharing the day with her.
Drake and Canadian rockers Marianas Trench also won big, taking home two awards apiece at the show. The evening was hosted by Korean pop star PSY, who performed his mega-hit "Gangham Style."