Fresh off Bon Iver being nominated for four Grammy Awards, the New York Times published a series of unused quotes from an interview with Justin Vernon that ran earlier in the year in which the bearded hipster crooner from Wisconsin trashes the Grammys. Oh man I HATE IT WHEN THEY DO THAT — DOH!
“I don’t think the Bon Iver record is the kind of record that would get nominated for a Grammy — I would get up there and be like, ‘This is for my parents, because they supported me,’ because I know they would think it would be stupid of me not to go up there. But I kinda felt like going up there and being like: ‘Everyone should go home, this is ridiculous. You should not be doing this. We should not be gathering in a big room and look at each other and pretending this is important.
I really feel that way. Because no matter what . . . I don’t think Arcade Fire was compromised, but 98 percent of the people in that room, their art is compromised by the fact that they’re thinking that, and that they’re hoping to get that award. And who is that award given by? It’s like they think it’s literally handed down by the musical-history gods. And I don’t know who the voters are. Like, I have a friend who’s a voter who was like, ‘I had to be a voter because I don’t trust the other voters.’ And I was like, ‘Me either!’ And it’s just not important and people spend too much time thinking about it.”
I can see (Bon Iver getting nominated), but it just doesn’t make any sense to me.
Oh man this is gonna be one hell of an acceptance speech if he wins!