Robin Thicke Pulls Out of Juno Awards Performance Hours Before Show

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By Shari Weiss

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Robin Thicke abruptly pulled out of Sunday’s Juno Awards hours before he was expected to take the stage. The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences says the official reason for Thicke’s cancellation is “mandatory vocal rest.”

The statement, released Sunday morning, notes Thicke will no longer attend the ceremony, and says the illness “forced” him “to postpone and reschedule concerts on Friday and Saturday night” as well.

It’s worth noting, however, a petition for the Academy to “remove” Thicke from the event and cancel his performance has recently gained steamed, surpassing 1,500 signatures shortly before the announcement.

The Change.org petition reads in part:

“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.”

It goes on:

“The Canadian JUNO Music Awards are a celebration of Canada’s best and brightest musicians and Thicke is not one of them. Thicke’s music is in direct contradiction to Canadian values of equality and human rights. Tell the JUNO Awards not to reward rape culture, but instead to take action against it by removing Robin Thicke from all nominations and cancelling his scheduled performance at the award show. Let the JUNOs and Robin Thicke know that there is a clear line when it comes to respect for women, and they’re on the wrong side of it.”

Thicke also canceled concerts due to reported vocal issues earlier this year, shortly before it was revealed he and wife Paula Patton were separating. What do you think of Thicke bailing on the awards show?

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