Sources connected to the situation tell TMZ ... Drake was extremely passionate about hosting the awards show -- and during talks with producers, he pointed to his widely praised performance on " Night Live" as proof he could get the job done well.
Drake also made sure producers knew about two other highly regarded hosting jobs he had in the past -- including the 2011 Juno Awards in Canada.
Ultimately, producers saw things Drake's way and offered him the job -- and we're told Drake is fired up and taking it very seriously.
In fact, we're told he's already rehearsing for the July event -- and plans to spend several days every week preparing for the show.
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