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.