Robin Thicke cancels performance at Juno awards

By Erica Albanese,

Robin Thicke has pulled out of performing at the Canadian Juno awards in Winnipeg on Sunday night after being put on “mandatory vocal rest."

The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences announced Sunday morning that Thicke would not be performing. He was also forced to postpone shows on Friday and Saturday for vocal rest, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

“This morning's announcement will not impact what is looking to be a hell of a show,” said John Brunton, the show’s executive producer, according to CBC News. “If rehearsals are any indication, viewers will be treated to a fantastic broadcast, and a few surprises as well.”

Despite being nominated for three Juno awards, an online petition had emerged earlier in the weekend to ban Thicke from performing at the show. The petition received over 1,800 signatures.

The petition states that there is “blatant sexism, degradation of women and promotion of rape culture” in Thicke’s song "Blurred Lines," as well as its accompanying music video.

The award show airs tonight at 8 p.m. CT on CTV.

 
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