Canadian pop singer-songwriter Alessia Cara was on hand for the Tuesday (Jan. 28) morning revelation that she would host the 49th annual Juno Awards on March 15 at the SaskTel Centre, in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan; she also leads the pack with six nominations.
"Besides being a great artist, she has also become an incredible role model for young women, and, I must say, she is wise beyond her years," said Allan Reid, president and CEO of the Canadian Academy of Recordings Arts and Sciences (CARAS) before bringing her out onstage at Toronto's CBC headquarters, the show's broadcast partner.
"For those of you who are hoping it was someone else like Shawn Mendes, I'm sorry, it is me. You're stuck with me," said the 23-year-old Cara, who toured globally with Mendes, a fellow Torontonian. "This is really, really exciting. I'm so excited to be a part of Canada's biggest night in music in this way. This is the first time I've been the sole host of anything, so I hope I don't disappoint. My first reaction was 'Why?'" she chuckled. "My second was 'No way.' And then my third was obviously 'Yes' because I'm here.