Drake to Host 2011 Juno Awards

Nominations for the Canadian music awards show will be announced Feb. 1.

Hip-hop star Drake is to host the Juno Awards, Canada’s music awards, next year in Toronto.

The breakout rapper, born in Toronto as Aubrey Graham, will return to his hometown to emcee Canada’s music awards on Sunday, March 27, 2011.

Drake last year took the hip hop world by storm with his debut album Thank Me Later after playing a physically disabled student in the Canadian teen TV series Degrassi: The Next Generation.

"I am beyond honored to be hosting this monumental JUNO Awards in the greatest city on Earth,” said Drake in a statement.

“I want to bring a youthful energy to the show and encourage people to be excited about what Canadian music has to offer,” he added.

Drake last year performed a duet at the 2010 Junos with fellow Canadian music sensation Justin Bieber, before taking home trophies for best rap recording artist and best new artist.

Nominations for the 2011 JUNO Awards, to air live on the CTV network, will be announced on Feb. 1, 2011.

Drake on Wednesday also snagged four nominations for the upcoming Grammys, including best new artist and best rap album.