Serena Ryder, Johnny Reid, Classified to co-host Juno Awards
Serena Ryder poses with the Juno after winning adult alternative album of the year during the 2013 Juno Gala, Dinner and Awards in Regina on Sunday, April 21, 2013. (Liam Richards / THE CANADIAN PRESS)
The Canadian Press
Published Tuesday, March 4, 2014 7:36AM EST
Last Updated Tuesday, March 4, 2014 1:18PM EST
TORONTO -- Recent Juno Award mainstays Classified, Johnny Reid and Serena Ryder have been announced as co-hosts of the upcoming show in Winnipeg.
Collectively, the trio of platinum-selling hosts have amassed 35 career Juno nominations and eight wins.
It was also announced that Classified and Ryder would perform together to open the two-hour gala at the MTS Centre, to be held March 30 and broadcast on CTV.
The collective approach to hosting is new for the Junos, a show that has usually opted for a single host.
Recent performers to MC the event include rap superstar Drake, chart-topping crooner Michael Buble and "Star Trek" alumnus William Shatner. Reaching farther back, the Junos were memorably hosted by Shania Twain, Alanis Morissette and Nelly Furtado.
The last Junos broadcast to not have a single host was the 2010 bash held in St. John's, N.L., which went host-less and instead used a cast of various presenters.
In addition to hosting, Ryder is one of the evening's marquee nominees with five nods including artist, album and single of the year.
Montreal's Arcade Fire, whose expansive fourth album "Reflektor" topped charts upon its October release, leads the way with six nominations.
Buble -- an 11-time winner and last year's host -- earned five nominations including album, single and artist of the year, while Calgary-reared pop outfit Tegan and Sara scooped up four nominations for their slick pop reinvention "Heartthrob."
Other four-time nominees include Celine Dion (a 20-time winner), Hedley (now 25-time nominees) and Drake, now a 20-time nominee.
Chantal Kreviazuk and Raine Maida will receive the Allan Waters Humanitarian Award, while classic rock outfit Bachman-Turner Overdrive will be ushered into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame.