Canada has The JUNO Awards, the United States has The Grammy Awards, and the United Kingdom has … The BRIT Awards. Both the JUNOs and Grammys predate the launch of the British awards gala. Like the JUNOs, the BRITs award home-grown music but have a couple of international categories as well. Unlike the JUNOs, the BRITs often have international performers. We would argue that, as the world’s third largest music industry/market, the UK can afford to do this, while the JUNOs are better off sticking to Canadian performances only, as Canada, ranks 7th.
The BRIT Awards have made a stunning announcement regarding the 2017 gala which will take place at London, UK’s 20,000 seat O2 Arena.
The host of the show will be a Canadian entertainer!
And his name is … Michael Bublé!
The host of the 2013 JUNOs, Michael will handle emcee duties at the BRITs giving British comedic duo Ant and Dec, who hosted the past two galas, a break. Bublé will serve as only the third foreign host in the history of the awards. The gala will take place February 22, 2017.
Michael says, “Even though I didn’t grow up as a Brit I’ve always been well aware of The BRIT Awards and their impact globally. I’m very much looking forward to February and celebrating the success stories of a great year in music.”
Nominations for the BRIT Awards will be announced at a special live broadcast on January 14, 2017.
The BRITs are not Michael Bublé’s only highly anticipated British television appearance, as he will perform material from his upcoming album Nobody but Me along with some of his classic hits on a BBC special later this year.
We like Commonwealth solidarity.