Corey Hart’s contributions to pop music will be honoured at the Juno Awards on Sunday, but Corey will be marking another significant personal milestone at the event. Nearly 26 years ago, he was introduced to his wife, Quebecois singer Julie Masse, when they handed out the Juno for group of the year together live on the broadcast. But, it wasn’t originally supposed to happen that way.
Corey Hart was initially supposed to hand out the ‘Album Of The Year Award’, but Juno producers shuffled presenters at the last minute and called him to ask if he could announce ‘Video Of The Year’ instead. That didn’t sit well with him, thinking it “was a demotion” for a musician to hand out a visual prize, so he told them, “No problem I just won’t present this year.”
A few minutes after hanging up, the producers called right back with another offer – he could pair up with Julie Masse, a up-and-coming francophone star, to pass out the Group Of The Year Award. Corey Hart agreed, and when host Celine Dion welcomed the pair onto the stage, their casual banter was magnetic. They started working together the following year. According to Corey… “Literally from the time we started seeing each other in the summer of 1994, we’ve never been apart for more than a few days.”
The Juno Awards will be telecast on CBC on Sunday night from London, Ontario. Sarah McLachlan will host.
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