After putting in the work to emerge as one of our favorite new names in electronic music last year, it was nice to see Kaytranada get some recognition with a JUNO Awards nomination for Best Dance Recording Of The Year. Unfortunately, The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences decided to revoke his nomination when they discovered an early version had been uploaded to Soundcloud in 2013 (well before its official 2015 release date). They replaced it with “Zero Gravity” by Borgeous & Lights.
Kaytranada voiced his displeasure on Twitter today after hearing the news, saying, “Shoutout to the Canadian music scene for being so out of touch. They disqualified my juno nomination because the song is old.” His frustration seems to revolve around the fact that established institutions like the JUNO Awards tend to be stuck in the past and unwilling to adapt to the new ways people release and consume music. His string of tweets ends with, “i’ve (lost) my respect to the Junos, cause they don’t know what they’re nominating. They need more kids in their offices to take care of that.”
Even if they were set on disqualifying the song, it seems a fair compromise may have been to replace it with one of the many other standout tracks he released last year.