Morrissey Slams Awards Shows, Madonna and Taylor Swift
. (Radio.com) Is it "Feelings Week" and no one told us? First, Bob Dylan put everyone from Merle Haggard to Jerry Lieber and Mike Stoller on blast during his speech at the GRAMMYs MusiCares Person of the Year Awards on Friday night. Then, Kanye West announced to the world that Beck should hand over his Album of the Year GRAMMY to Beyonce, to, like, respect "real artists" or "inspiration" or something.
And now the Master (of putting people on) Blaster, Morrissey, is venting. He's got some thoughts about the upcoming BRIT Awards, it seems. True To You, a fan site that Moz has used to communicate with the world, posted a Morrissey-penned essay yesterday titled "Music awards are none of your business."
In it, he railed against the BRITs, England's big music awards ceremony. He objects to pretty much everything about it, starting with the name: "Now, we are trammeled once again by what is termed the British Phonographic Industry Awards, insultingly termed The Brit Awards in much the same way that The Yank Awards might describe an American music extravaganza."
He doesn't buy into the premise of the BRITs, either. "The object of the Brit Awards is to create the impression of national consensus as they award pop artists of untested stature or value with bogus awards that, it is slyly implied, have been dictated by you, the objective listener. The Brit Awards do not ask the public who they would like to see receive awards--for that would be to risk too much, yet the fierce insistence is that artists are rewarded for their prominence in the previous twelve months because, after all, 'it's what everybody wants.'"
He takes exception to some of the artists performing at the show, particularly the non-British ones. Target No. 1: Madonna. "Thus, for 2015, we have MacDonna [sic], who had a quiet 2014 (but who is quite usefully about to release her new album!), yet here she is again promoting her frightening career on the Brit Awards even though her music has not ever said anything at all about British life," he wrote. "Just as the Brits launch party highlighted a song that reached no higher than number 62 on the UK chart, it really is your own fault if you believe that this Awards show has any connection to anything other than the junk propaganda of the strongest labels gathering to share out awards for their own artists whom they plan to heavily promote in 2015."
Target No. 2: Taylor Swift. "Taylor Swift has nothing to do with Coventry or Wrexham," Morrissey said. "To pull off rank fraud in tellyland is not a difficult undertaking, especially if you have the entire population of Peru dancing around you as you mime your song," which is maybe a reference to her 'Shake It Off' video? Read more here.
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