Montreal producer Kaytranada has had his 2016 JUNO Awards nomination for Dance Recording the Year rescinded by the Canadian Academy Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) — and he's not too happy about it.
A press release explains that following the nominee announcement earlier this week, an internal review discovered that Kaytranada's "At All" was originally released outside the eligibility period for the 2016 awards, running from September 1, 2014, to November 13, 2015. CARAS subsequently ruled that the song did not qualify and chose "Zero Gravity" by Borgeous & Lights in its place.
Following the decision, Kaytranada took to Twitter to voice his displeasure. Look below to see how the Dance Recording the Year category looks now, and read through the artist's tweets below.
Juno Awards 2016: Dance Recording the Year:
A-Trak - "We All Fall Down" (ft. Jamie Lidell)Autoerotique & Max Styler - "
Badman" (Torro Torro Remix) Borgeous & Lights - "
Zero Gravity" Keys N Krates - "
Save Me" (ft. Katy B) Sleepy Tom & Diplo - "
Be Right There" UPDATE (02/05, 5 p.m.): Regarding the Juno situation, Kaytranada manager William Robillard Cole has now shared the following statement:
I would like to share a bit more insight on this situation.
First f I would like to say that when the nominations were announced, myself and Kaytranada were honoured. For year's his career has flourished outside Canada without much major home town support. Finally we felt like the Canadian music business was supporting him.
Kaytranada's music distribution in Canada for this release was done by Ultra Records. When Ultra Music notified me that this song was nominated for a Juno, the first question I asked was why. We released this song in 2013. Ultra submitted this song to the Juno's without permission from Kaytranada, or myself.
To us, this is just another example the Canadian music scene being out touch. The Juno's should have caught this issue before nominating him for this National award. We are disappointed, and I hope that they can correct their process so this doesn't happen to any other young Canadian artists.
This coming year Kaytranada has a lot going for him. He will be releasing his debut album on XL Recordings, and he recently signed a publishing deal with Rick Rubin / Pulse Recordings. There are many new records coming that will be eligible for awards, and I hope that the Canadian music business will be able to support him properly this time around. If they don't however, we will not be bothered. Award nomination's is not what we strive for.
Stay tuned... 99.9% is on it's way.