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Blurred Lines eligible for Juno Award in 2014

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TORONTO -- Let there be no blurry boundaries heading into next year's Juno Awards: Robin Thicke's smash Blurred Lines is certainly eligible in the annual gala's major categories.

Submissions opened this week for the Winnipeg-set 2014 edition of the awards bash and organizers confirmed to The Canadian Press that Thicke's hit would indeed be a viable candidate.

Organizers said Thicke's hip-swivelling song and the album of the same name both qualify for Junos, though he would receive any such honour for the tune alone -- American collaborators Pharrell Williams and T.I. would receive credit only as featured non-Canadian artists, the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences said.

Thicke holds dual citizenship by virtue of his Canadian father, actor Alan Thicke, but the 36-year-old was born and raised around Los Angeles.

He's married to actress Paula Patton, and the couple has a son.

His hit Blurred Lines, which generated some controversy over its allegedly sexist lyrics and risqué music video, topped charts around the world and has been certified six times platinum in Canada.

Thicke was actually previously nominated for a Juno Award for R&B/soul recording of the year for his lower-profile 2011 recording Pretty Lil' Heart -- a fact that tickled Thicke at the time.

"I was very honoured -- it's nice to be nominated in dad's home (country)," he said then. "When you make your music, you want as many people to hear it and love it as possible. It's nice when your peers or a meeting of the minds thinks you've made something of quality."

His competitors at the time raised eyebrows at the nomination initially.

"I was like, 'I didn't realize Americans are getting nominated at the Junos,"' said Toronto singer Melanie Fiona then, before she went on to actually win in the category for Gone and Never Coming Back.

"But afterward, I was like, 'Oh right, he is, he's Canadian.' We actually crack about that all the time."

The submission period for next year's Junos runs through Nov. 13.

-- The Canadian Press

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition October 4, 2013 D3

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