The Junos have cancelled Hedley’s live televised performance from the March awards show. The announcement came shortly after the band issued a statement acknowledging claims of sexual misconduct against band members.
Numerous claims against the Abbotsford, B.C.-born band surfaced online in recent days in the form of screenshots and on Twitter with #outHedley2K18.
Allan Reid, president and CEO of Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences/The Juno Awards issued a statement on Tuesday evening saying “We are aware of the serious allegations regarding Hedley and we are following this situation very closely.” CARAS and Hedley decided to pull the plug on the performance Wednesday afternoon.
After careful consideration of the situation and in discussions with the band, CARAS and Hedley have decided that the band will not be performing at the 2018 JUNO Awards.
— The JUNO Awards (@TheJUNOAwards) February 14, 2018
The band said the claims were “simply unsubstantiated and have not been validated.”
The 2018 Juno Awards take place March 24-25 in Vancouver, B.C.