One of the biggest performers to have been booked for the 2014 Juno Awards will not attend tonight’s show in Winnipeg.
Robin Thicke has been placed on mandatory vocal rest, promoters said on Sunday in a release.
Thicke was forced to postpone and reschedule concerts on Friday and Saturday night as a result.
“This is show business, so we’re always prepared for this type of situation,” said John Brunton, executive producer. “This morning’s announcement will not impact what is looking to be a hell of a show. If rehearsals are any indication, viewers will be treated to a fantastic broadcast, and a few surprises as well.”
Controversy surrounded Thicke in the weeks leading up to the awards show as a result of his hit Blurred Lines. An online petition was started asking producers to cancel his performance, as critics say the song’s lyrics promote sexism, rape culture and the degradation of women.
The Juno Awards will air tonight on CTV at 8 p.m. CT.