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Musical gaffe: Juno Awards replace nominee after realizing song was ineligible

Musician Kaytranada poses in this undated handout photo. Congratulations to all Juno nominees - now please double check your eligibility. The Juno Awards have yanked one of this year's dance recording of the year nominees after realizing the song wasn't eligible in the first place. The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, which organizes the annual event to celebrate Canadian music, says it discovered after "an internal review" that Kaytranada's song "At All" was released outside the eligibility period.
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TORONTO - DJ and producer Kaytranada is fuming after Juno Awards organizers yanked his nomination on Friday once they realized his song was ineligible.

The Montreal-based performer took to Twitter to say he's "lost respect" for the Junos after he was removed from the dance recording of the year category less than a week after he was nominated.

"Shoutout to the Canadian music scene for being so out of touch," Kaytranada posted on his Twitter account shortly before the Junos issued an official announcement.

"Like forreal (sic) Canada, I want my recognition. You cant do me like that."

The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, which organizes the annual Juno event to celebrate Canadian music, says it discovered that Kaytranada's song "At All" was released outside the eligibility period following "an internal review."

The organization concluded the track would be taken out of the nominees and replaced by Borgeous & Lights' song "Zero Gravity."

"I've lot my respect to the Junos, cause they don't know what they're nominating," Kaytranada added on Twitter. "They need more kids in their offices to take care of that."

This isn't the first time in recent memory the Junos have had to fix an error after announcing nominees.

In 2013, a nomination for Quebec singer Elisapie as breakthrough artist of the year was rescinded after organizers realized the Inuit singer had already won a Juno eight years earlier as part of the duo Taima, which won aboriginal album of the year.

Kaytranada's case is a little more clear cut, and began with a mistake at U.S. label Ultra Music.

"At All" briefly appeared for sale on iTunes in October 2013 for about three months before it was taken down, said Kaytranada's manager, William Robillard Cole.

The song was then re-released as part of a deal with Ultra in 2015. The New York-based label accidentally submitted the track as if it were brand new, which Juno organizers didn't catch before it scored a nomination.

Management for Kaytranada declined requests for a phone interview with him, but offered their take on the situation:

"Ultra submitted this song to the Juno's without permission from Kaytranada, or myself," said Cole in an emailed statement.

"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."

Nominees for the Juno Awards were announced on Tuesday. R&B singer the Weeknd led the pack with six nominations, while Justin Bieber and Drake each received five.

The Juno Awards will air live from Calgary on CTV on April 3.

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