Who better to have present a country music award than two die-hard fans? Nah, scratch that, two guys who know nothing about country should do just fine.
YouTube star Jus Reign and rapper Kardinal Offishall played up their, er, beginner's knowledge, to hilarious effect when they presented the award for Country Album of the Year at the 2016 Juno Awards Sunday night.
"You can tell, obviously, by looking at us that country music has been a huge part of our lives," Kardinal announced to the crowd at the Calgary Saddledome.
Kardi is a Toronto native and hip-hop staple with Jamaican roots, and his co-presenter Jus Reign's YouTube description reads: "I'm brown. I wear a turban. Old white ladies are scared of me."
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Jus Reign jumped in to back up his co-presenter: "He's right, one of my biggest influences was the legendary ..." but wound up finishing the statement with incoherent mumbles and then throwing in a "pick-up truck" reference for good measure.
"Who can deny the cultural impact of 'Straight Outta Camrost'?" Kardinal riffed.
Despite the jokes, the comedian gave country music due credit, citing the impact the genre has had worldwide before announcing Dean Brody as the Juno winner for his album "Gypsy Road."
Viewers loved the chemistry between the two presenters, and one user tweeted they should host the 2017 show:
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Junos organizers, take note!