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Hedley’s Jacob Hoggard named host of Juno Awards

Hedley frontman Jacob Hoggard will pull double duty as host and performer in the 2015 Juno awards in Hamilton next month, organizers announced Tuesday.

Hedley has won two Juno awards

Jacob Hoggard of Hedley will be hosting and performing at the 2015 Juno Awards in Hamilton, organizers announced Tuesday. (Fred Thornhill/Reuters)

Hedley frontman Jacob Hoggard will pull double duty as host and performer in the 2015 Juno awards in Hamilton next month, organizers announced Tuesday.

Hoggard is also nominated for three Juno awards this year. Hedley has been a mainstay at the awards in the last few years.

"It's an honour to host this prestigious celebration of Canadian music," Hoggard said in a statement. "I'm excited to see some amazing performances, make a bit of a mess backstage, and help hand out some JUNO Awards in the Hammer!"

Hoggard first gained notoriety back in 2004 as a competitor on Canadian Idol. Later that year he formed Hedley with British Columbia musicians Dave Rosin, Chris Crippin, and Tommy MacDonald.

Hedley’s self-titled debut album has sold more than more than 200,000 copies since its release in 2005, and the band has followed up with four other records – 2014’s Wild Life being the latest.

Hedley has already won two Juno awards: one for pop album of the year for Storms and one for video of the year for Perfect.

"It's been wonderful to watch Jacob grow from an energetic hellion 10 years ago into a gifted songwriter and one of Canada's top frontmen," said Juno head Allan Reid in a statement.

"I can't wait to see what he has in store for us all in Hamilton."

The Juno Awards take place on Sunday, March 15 at FirstOntario Centre.

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