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Why them: You may love to mock it, but the CanRock union be­tween power-stance spe­cial­ist Chad Kroeger and eye­liner en­thu­si­ast Avril Lav­i­gne serves as the clos­est thing this coun­try has to a pa­tri­otic power cou­ple. The duo ac­tu­ally got mar­ried on Canada Day. Lav­i­gne re­leased a self-ti­tled al­bum last fall that got lost in a flurry of high-pro­file fourth-quar­ter re­leases, so host­ing an awards show could give it a bit of a bump. Nick­el­back is slated to re­lease a new al­bum this year. Add in oo­dles of fa­mil­iar­ity with the Junos and you have a dis­tinct pos­si­bil­ity here. Just imagine the po­ten­tial for self-mock­ing skits — and pos­si­ble pop-cul­ture re­demp­tion. Hey, they might even have a sense of hu­mour; last year, when Michael Bublé an­nounced he was host­ing the 2013 Junos Awards in Regina, he did so from the cen­tre of a Chavril sand­wich and it ac­tu­ally wasn’t the worst. Why not: You may love to mock them a lit­tle too much. The mere men­tion of the word “Chavril” pro­vokes strong emo­tions. Odds: En­tirely plau­si­ble.

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