Award winning Canadian artist Kardinal Offishal says that Juno, the leading awards show in recognizing Canada’s top music talent, showed a lack of regard to his fellow Toronto native Drake this past March after the Young Money star went home without any awards although he lead all performers with six nominations followed by superstar Justin Bieber’s four.
The Canadian Press reported that Kardi lambasted Juno officials in an interview held Friday (May 6) morning in where he stated Drake deserved better treatment given his level of success. “To me, that’s just utter disrespect,” Kardinal said in the interview. “He had one of the biggest years ever in rap history as far as being a Canadian, they have him hosting the entire thing — that just looks terrible on them more than him.”
The “Dangerous” rapper continued his rant against Juno. “It makes absolutely no sense. There’s nothing more that he possibly could have done within his career,” said Kardinal. “He sold a gang of records, had great success, has a huge fan base, and then he comes, he hosts the whole thing, and to me, it’s disrespect, what they did. Absolute disrespect.”
Kardinal didn’t let up with his criticism of Juno, remarking that while Drake did perform and handled the snub well that there was an extreme lack of R&B and hip hop performances at the awards show saying it “made no sense” given that acts Arcade Fire and Broken Social Scene were given more air time.
A winner of three Junos and nominated 11 times by the governing body over the course of his career, Kardinal is hard at work on a new set to be released on R&B crooner Akon’s Kon Live label slated for a summer or fall release.
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