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'He still feels like Michael from Vancouver:' Junos tap 'guy next door' Bublé as 2018 host

'He still feels like Michael from Vancouver:' Junos tap 'guy next door' Bublé as 2018 host
From CBC - November 21, 2017

After the curtain fell on the 2016 Juno Awards, producers behind the Canadian music celebration received an effusive call from a devoted fan praising the awards telecast: Michael Bubl.

"He said: 'I would love to host again.'We took him up on that,"Juno Awards president Allan Reid said of that backstage phone call.

The Burnaby, B.C.-born singer will indeed return to the Junos stage to host the annual celebration on his home turf in Vancouver next March, the first time the awards will air on CBC in 16 years.

"Here's a guy who is a global superstar, but you still feel like he's the guy next door. He still feels like Michael from Vancouver. That's part of his appeal,"Reid told CBC News.

'To be able to host the Juno Awards in my hometown is both an honour and a privilege.' - MichaelBubl

In a statement, Bubl said he's "so grateful for the opportunity to host such an iconic night in Canadian music."

"To be able to host the Juno Awards in my hometown is both an honour and a privilege."

Speaking at a Junos event in Vancouver Tuesday,Bubldescribed the Junosas his "happy place," where he is surrounded by family, friends,respected artists andmusicians.

"In troubled times, we get to have one night to reallycelebrate Canadian music and all of these beautiful things. Ithank you so much for giving me the opportunity to handle that again."

Beyond being a Juno and Grammy-winning performer and "a true showman," Reid praised thesinger's dedication to the gig.

The crooner known for hits like Have not Met You Yet, Home and It's a Beautiful Day served as the Juno telecast's host in 2013 and picked up a Canadian Screen Award for his efforts.

"He's very involvedhe does not just show up and read his lines" said Reid, who also heads the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences and the charity MusiCounts.

"He really gets engaged, is very proud to be involved with the show. We love that. It just makes the show even better."

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