The Juno Awards took place last night in Ottawa, Ontario, and awards were handed out to Canadian artists for their contributions to Canadian and international culture. Jazz Cartier‘s Hotel Paranoia won Rap Recording of the Year, Grimes’ “Kill V. Maim” won Video of the Year, A Tribe Called Red got the Producers of the Year award and Kaytranada’s 99.9% won the Electronic Album of the Year award. Drake attained an International Achievement Award and The Weeknd’s Starboy got Best R&B/Soul Recording. In his non-televised speech, Jacuzzi La Fleur called out Canadian radio and the Junos for curtailing rap’s contribution to culture. He further emphasized his point in an Instagram post after the event, writing: “This means a lot to me but like I said this evening the Canadian radio is gonna have to stop bullshitting and start playing our own on our radio so these kids don’t feel the need to leave to the states in order to make it or get heard. And also while [the Juno awards] enjoy all the hip hop in the world at your after parties, next year you gotta have this category filmed on television.”
According to The FADER, Kaytranada called the awards “out of touch” via Twitter last year. A Tribe Called Red was the first First Nations act to win outside of the Aboriginal Music category. In 1998, Vancouver rap group the Rascalz refused to receive their win for Best Rap Recording to protest the exclusion of black music from the televised broadcast. Check out Jazz Cartier’s post below.
• won best rap album of the year at the Junos tonight. Something that means a lot for me being from Toronto and also repping Canada. My drive to push the culture would be nothing if my mom wasn't putting me on to the legend and someone I can call a mentor @kardinalo, Jelleestone, Michie Mee, Maestro, Point Blank, Main Source, Adam Bomb the list goes on man this shit is in my blood. Shoutout JB and GCP too. This means a lot to me but like I said this evening the Canadian radio is gonna have to stop bullshitting and start playing our own on our radio so these kids don't feel the need to leave to the states in order to make it or get heard. That's going to be one of my goals this year to make sure that happens. And also @thejunoawards while you guys enjoy all the hip hop in the world at your after parties, next year you gotta have this category filmed on television. Love ??? PS love to Drake, Belly, Tory & Tasha. You all inspire me I share this with you guys who deserve it more than I do.
- Aaron Miller/HYPEBEAST
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