Leonard Cohen is the JUNO Artist of the Year — and Beliebers Can’t Beliebe It

It's an onslaught of words from Justin Bieber fans to JUNO Artist of the Year Leonard Cohen.

Michael Langleyby Michael Langley


When legendary Canadian singer Leonard Cohen won Artist of the Year at the JUNO Awards Sunday, chances are he didn't know he would trend on Twitter quite the way he did. In fact, it's fair to say fans of Justin Bieber let the world know how they felt before Cohen could even take the stage for his acceptance speech!

Cohen took home Songwriter of the Year honors as well. Mumford & Sons, Carly Rae Jepsen, The Weekend and Metric all took home the coveted Gong. Bieber, who again did not appear at the JUNOs, took the Fan Choice Award for the third year in a row.

But it was perhaps all the Beliebers who made the most noise following the show Sunday night. Take a look at some of the social media reaction to the "upset" over at Storify. Yikes.  Here's a sampling of some of the Twitter posts…

ok what the flying fuck? WHO THE FUCK IS THIS LEONARD COHEN GUY!??!?! how the fuck did he win the JUNO like wtf is happening us?!?!?!!?
@PrinceofRazors I'm afraid to ask what you're RTing. It appears Justin Bieber lost something to Leonard 'who's that?' Cohen?
Who is this Leonard you speak of “@MuchMusic: Sorry, Beliebers…@JustinBieber took a backseat losing Artist of the Year to Leonard Cohen.”

Of course, we probably shouldn't be surprised.  I mean, why would Cohen's 50-year career as a trailblazing talent allow him to STEAL an award from the Biebs?  The mind boggles… maybe Mr. Biebelicious is still reeling following the loss of his monkey.  Yes, you read that right — Justin Bieber has a monkey.  Or…at least…he had one.

And of course, nobody's angrier than a Bieber-believer scorned… when a fake Internet hoax hit last year that the teen pop star was suffering from cancer, scads of sympathetic Bieber fans shaved their heads in solidarity.  Never mind the fact that the Biebs was cancer-free, but it's the thought that counts, right?