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Thicke cancels Juno performance: voice needs rest

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The Juno Awards broadcast has lost one of its biggest performers, as triple-nominee Robin Thicke has been scratched from tonight’s show at the MTS Centre.

Broadcaster CTV announced this morning Thicke had to cancel "after being placed on mandatory vocal rest," a problem that also forced the Canadian-American to cancel concerts slated earlier this weekend.

"This is show business, so we’re always prepared for this type of situation," Juno executive producer John Brunton said in the CTV statement.

"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." 

Since January, Thicke has also cancelled concerts in Vancouver, Atlanta and Hamilton due to vocal problems.

Ironically, there was an online petition to remove him from the Winnipeg Junos due to the lyrics of his monster hit Blurred Lines. But that petition, on Change.org, bore 2,000 signatures.

The Juno broadcast starts at 8 p.m. Pop singer Serena Ryder, rapper Classified and country singer Johnny Reid are hosting the show. Ryder and Classified are also performing.

Other performers include Tegan & Sara, Brett Kissel, Dean Brody, Gord Bamford, Matt Mays, OneRepublic, Sarah McLachlan, The Sheepdogs, Tim Hicks, Travis Good and Walk Off The Earth. Arcade Fire will appear in a performance taped from Chile, where the Montreal band is touring.

In 2005, the last time Winnipeg hosted the Junos, Neil Young was a last-minute scratch due to a brain aneurysm.

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