Frontman Gord Downie didn’t attend the ceremony, but other band members Rob Baker and Paul Langlois were there to accept on the group’s behalf.
As Langlois’ speech ran past the allotted time, the show’s producers tried to play him off stage with music.
He asked, “Oh, you’re actually going to play me out?” and continued to deliver his speech, while the producers changed the music to the Hip song Ahead by a Century. Langlois continued talking, saying, “Go to commercial, go ahead. This is my arena, not yours.”
He proceeded to thank Downie, which was met with thunderous applause and cheers from the audience. Many people took to Twitter to share their disapproval about the beloved Canadian band’s cut-off.
Wow. The Junos just played off the Tragically Hip WITH A TRAGICALLY HIP SONG in the middle of acknowledging Gord Downie. Smh.
— Said The Whale (@saidthewhale) April 3, 2017
— Call Me Matty (@Mjeh24) April 3, 2017
Don't cut off the Hip. #Junos2017
— Alex Colangelo (@AlexColangelo) April 3, 2017
Pretty sure ya let The Tragically Hip talk for 12 hours straight if that's what they wanna do. #junos
— Nikki Balch (@NikkiBOnAir) April 3, 2017
— Joel Baskin (@pilotjoel) April 3, 2017
Playing the Tragically Hip off at the Junos before they finish speaking is punishable under Canadian law. #Junos2017
— Courtney Theriault (@cspotweet) April 3, 2017
— Lowest Of The Low (@LowestOfTheLow) April 3, 2017
Late Monday morning, the band’s official Twitter account sent one last jab in the Junos’ direction.
— The Tragically Hip (@thehipdotcom) April 3, 2017
For his part, Downie took home Songwriter of the Year for his solo project, Secret Path.
He appeared in a video message, thanking the crowd for the support Secret Path received and “recognizing our friends who were here before us.”
“Thank you for following the sound you’ve sort of been hearing your entire life, for recognizing that we aren’t completely Canada yet,” Downie said. “My dream would be that this record might help people.”
WATCH BELOW: The Tragically Hip’s Gord Downie among the winners at the 2017 Juno Awards
The solo multimedia project recounts the life of 12-year-old Chanie Wenjack, who died in 1966 after running away from a residential school. Downie revealed in May 2016 that he has glioblastoma, an incurable and rare form of brain cancer.
The band went on a final tour for their latest album Man Machine Poem this summer, selling out every show. Man Machine Poem won the Juno for Best Rock Album of the Year.