Plausible Canadian Robin Thicke has pulled out of his scheduled performance at the 2014 Juno ceremony due to ”mandatory vocal rest.”
CTV, which airs the show, and The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) confirmed Thicke’s absence Sunday morning.
Thicke was arguably the biggest star scheduled to perform at the event, co-hosted by Classified, Johnny Reid, and Serena Ryder, But what he brought in star power was equaled in controversy due to his hit, “Blurred Lines,” which critics say promotes rape culture and misogyny.
The child of actor Alan Thicke has not yet commented on the issue. His last tweet was from three days ago when he took part in a sponsored party in New York.
“This is show business, so we’re always prepared for this type of situation,” John Brunton, Junos Executive Producer said in a statement.
The Junos have announced no replacement for Thicke, who was to perform along with Brett Kissel, Classified, Dean Brody, Gord Bamford, Matt Mays, OneRepublic, Sarah McLachlan, Serena Ryder, The Sheepdogs,Tegan and Sara, Tim Hicks, Travis Good and Walk Off The Earth.
Arcade Fire will also take part in the broadcast with a pre-taped performance.
Remove Robin Thicke from the JUNO nominations and cancel his scheduled performance at the awards show
Despite the blatant sexism, degradation of women and promotion of rape culture in Robin Thicke’s song and music video “Blurred Lines”, Thicke is nominated for three awards - Artist of the Year, Pop Album of the Year, and the JUNO Fan Choice Award - at the upcoming Canadian JUNO Broadcast Awards in Winnipeg, Manitoba on March 30, 2014. This is not a song, nor a message, that should be rewarded.