Alanis Morissette will join the ranks of a notso-elite club when she hosts the Juno Awards on April 4 in Edmonton. In fact, scanning the list of previous hosts makes one pine for a Canadian Billy Crystal—or at least a Whoopi Goldberg. What we have had is Burton Cummings—and lots of him. The Guess Who singer guided audiences through Canada’s biggest night of music four times: 1979,1980,1982 and then again in 1983 with Alan Thicke. Comedian Howie Mandel ruled the stage twice in the ’80s and Paul Shaffer paid his dues in 1991.
There have been a few caught-in-a-timewarp moments. Once when Anne Murray took the reins in 1996, when grunge rock was popular. And again in 2000 when the Moffatts took a turn. Don’t remember them? Maybe that’s because their 15 minutes were nearly up when the credits started rolling.
Of course, there have also been a few success stories. The cast of This Hour has 22 Minutes was a crowd-pleaser in 1995, as was Rick Mercer when he did the gig solo in 2001. A year later, the Barenaked Ladies got big laughs with some Juno-tailored silly songs. But for the most part it’s been a pretty weird collection of Canadian celebrities. And now Alanis—isn’t it ironic?
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