Avril Lavigne doesn’t mess around as she tells topless stage invader at Juno Awards to ‘get the f*** off’


The singer was interrupted onstage at the awards ceremony (Picture: Dale MacMillan/Getty Images)

Avril Lavigne came face-to-face with a topless stage invader at the Juno Awards on Monday night.

The Canadian punk pop star was introducing musician AP Dhillon to the stage at Canada’s alternative to the Grammys at Rogers Place in Edmonton, Alberta, when she realised she wasn’t alone.

She was joined by a protestor dressed in pink cargo trousers and a matching headscarf, who had ‘save the green belt’ written on their back, seemingly in protest of the Ontario government’s proposal to build at least 50,000 new homes on 7,400 acres of the protective land of Greenbelt.

On her front, where she stickers covering her modesty and a countdown written across her chest, proclaiming: ‘Our clock is ticking. 0745 days left.’

The photos show the stage invader enjoying her moment, throwing her arms up as she faced the crowd and even posing cheekily with her tongue stuck out behind Avril, who was smiling.

However, the singer-songwriter was in a business-like mood and upon seeing the individual swiftly told them to ‘get the f**k off’.

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A protestor interrupts Avril Lavigne speaking onstage at the 2023 JUNO Awards at Rogers Place on March 13, 2023 in Edmonton, Canada
Avril was introducing musician AP Dhillon when she was unexpectedly joined onstage (Picture: Getty)
A protestor interrupts Avril Lavigne speaking onstage at the 2023 JUNO Awards at Rogers Place on March 13, 2023 in Edmonton, Canada
The protestor was keen to make an impression (Picture: Getty)
A protestor interrupts Avril Lavigne speaking onstage at the 2023 JUNO Awards at Rogers Place on March 13, 2023 in Edmonton, Canada
Avril, however, told her way to go (Picture: Getty)

They were then escorted from the stage.

Later, during her acceptance speech for the fan choice award, Avril, 38, quipped: ‘Now nobody try anything this time. I’ll f**k a b***h up.’

Marvel actor Simu Liu hosted the bash and thanked the Sk8r Boi hitmaker, who has been in the headlines recently for her new romance with rapper Tyga, for ‘handling that topless lady like a champion.’

Avril stunned her fans when she split with fiancé Mod Sun in February after getting together in 2020.

A protestor interrupts Avril Lavigne speaking onstage at the 2023 JUNO Awards at Rogers Place on March 13, 2023 in Edmonton, Canada
It’s believed the stage invader was protesting a planned building proposal (Picture: Getty)
A protestor interrupts Avril Lavigne speaking onstage at the 2023 JUNO Awards at Rogers Place on March 13, 2023 in Edmonton, Canada
They were quickly escorted off, but seemed to enjoy their few seconds on the stage (Picture: Getty)
Avril Lavigne JUNO Awards, Press Room, Alberta, Canada - 13 Mar 2023
Avril, who won the fan choice award, made a joke about it when she returned (Picture: George Pimentel/Shutterstock)

Just weeks later she was pictured out and about with Tyga during Paris Fashion Week, where they were also snapped kissing at a party.

The Weeknd was the big winner of the awards, winning a total of five Junos, bringing his total to 22.

It makes the Blinding Lights hitmaker, 33, the second most-awarded star in Junos history, with Anne Murray, 77, leading the way with 25 wins.

Four of his awards were announced at the Juno Opening Night Awards, which was live-streamed from the Edmonton Convention Centre at the weekend, and they were artist of the year, songwriter of the year, single of the year for Sacrifice, and pop album for Dawn FM.

Tyga (L) and Avril Lavigne attend the Mugler x Hunter Schafer party as part of Paris Fashion Week at Pavillon des Invalides on March 06, 2023
The chart-topper is believed to be in a relationship with rapper Tyga (Picture: Getty)

At the main ceremony, the megastar was honoured with album of the year for Dawn FM, however, he was not there to accept the prize.

The evening also saw Nickelback inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame, virtually by Ryan Reynolds and Michael Bublé.

Frontman Chad Kroeger, 48, said: ‘Returning home to Alberta, back to where everything started for us, is truly a full circle, milestone moment for the band.

‘We take so much pride in our Canadian roots and are extremely humbled by this honour.’



Juno Awards 2023 winners

Artist of the year

The Weeknd

Group of the year

Arkells

Single of the year

Sacrifice, The Weeknd

Music video of the year

Unholy, Floria Sigismondi director; Sam Smith and Kim Petras

International album of the year

Harry’s House, Harry Styles

Breakthrough group of the year

Banx & Ranx

Songwriter of the year

Abel Tesfaye

Jack Richardson producer of the year

Akeel Henry

Recording engineer of the year

Serban Ghenea

Pop album of the year

Dawn FM, The Weeknd

Adult contemporary album of the year

Higher, Michael Bublé

Rock album of the year

Otherness, Alexisonfire

Metal/hard music album of the year

Synchro Anarchy, Voivod, Century*Sony

Adult Alternative album of the year

Colder Streams, The Sadies, Dine Alone*The Orchard

Alternative album of the year

Blue Rev, Alvvays

Dance recording of the year

CTRL + ALT + DEL,” Rêve 31

Underground dance single of the year

I Knew Techno, Greg Gow

Electronic album of the year

Interior, Teen Daze

Traditional R&B/soul recording of the year

Last One, Savannah Ré feat. Dylan Sinclair

Rap single of the year

Twin Flame, Kaytranada and Anderson .Paak

Country album of the year

Masquerades, Tenille Townes

Reggae recording of the year

Reggae Party, Kirk Diamond, Kairo McLean and Finn

Contemporary roots album of the year

Come Morning, The Bros. Landreth, Birthday Cake*The Orchard

Traditional roots album of the year

Tell ‘Em You Were Gold, Pharis & Jason Romero

Blues album of the year

Long River, Angelique Francis

Contemporary Christian/gospel album of the year

Jordan St. Cyr, Jordan St. Cyr

Global music album of the year

Thieves of Dreams, Lenka Lichtenberg

Vocal jazz album of the year

Featuring, Caity Gyorgy

Jazz album of the year (solo)

Kinds of Love, Renee Rosnes

Jazz album of the year (group)

Desert Bloom, Florian Hoefner Trio

Instrumental album of the year

Everything Was Forever Until It Was No More, Esmerine

Francophone album of the year

Crash, Les Louanges

Children’s album of the year

Walk off the Earth & Romeo Eats, Vol. 2, Walk off the Earth and Romeo Eats

Classical album of the year (solo artist)

Fables, Philip Chiu

Classical album of the year (large ensemble)

Viola Borealis, Orchestre de l’Agora, conducted by Nicolas Ellis, featuring Marina Thibeault

Classical album of the year (small ensemble)

Early Italian Cello Concertos, Elinor Frey and Rosa Barocca, conducted by Claude Lapalme

Classical composition of the year

Bestiary I & II, Bekah Simms

Contemporary indigenous artist or group of the year

Zhawenim, Digging Roots

Traditional indigenous artist or group of the year

Unbreakable, The Bearhead Sisters

Comedy album of the year

A Person Who Is Gingerbread, Jon Dore

Album artwork of the year

Ian Ilavsky (Art Director & Designer), Maciek Szczerbowski (Illustrator); Everything Was Forever Until It Was No More

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The Junos had previously caught heat for nominating Arcade Fire for group of the year, despite sexual assault allegations against frontman Win Butler.

Butler was accused of sexual misconduct by five people last year but insisted the encounters between them were consensual.

The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences had said that while it takes the allegations ‘very seriously’, they still wanted to ‘honour’ Butler’s bandmates.

Ultimately, the prize went to Arkells.

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