Bon Iver "kind of said 'f*ck you' a little bit" to the Grammys

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It's not what you think.
The real reason that Bon Iver won't be performing during the Grammy Awards on February 12 has nothing to do with an ugly poster and a dusty promotional commercial. According to newly announced Sasquatch headliner and this weekend's Saturday Night Live musical guest Justin Vernon, the communication broke down when the organizers demanded that his band collaborate with another artist for said performance.

And, based upon an expletive-laced interview Vernon gave to Billboard at a Bushmills event -- no mention of how much Irish whiskey he had consumed prior -- this whole series of events is not too fucking cool.

"We wanted to play our music, but were told that we couldn't play. We had to do a collaboration with someone else," Vernon told Billboard... "And we just felt like it was such a large stage, we're getting nominated for this record that we made. Me and Brian [Joseph] and a bunch of our fucking friends and we were given accolades for it, and all of a sudden we were being asked to play music that had nothing to do with that. We kind of said 'fuck you' a little bit and they sort of acted like they wanted us to play, but I don't think they wanted us to play."
The whole exchange -- in which he also admits that TBWA\Chiat\Day's ad campaign featuring his likeness is not of any concern -- can be found here.

Later on, Vernon was asked who he'd have to share the stage with, and to that, he admitted that it would be some yet-unnamed artists with whom he'd love to share the stage. Then he added: "But you know what? Fuckin' rock 'n' roll should not be decided by people that have that job." And, regardless if you are fan or foe, this is the single-most important utterance of the man's career.

By the way: In another interview, this one with USA Today, we find that collaborations of his own choosing could be in the future for Vernon. For an album centered around the "American songbook of the greatest women singers," he's like to enlist Alicia Keys, Bonnie Raitt, and White Hinterland's Casey Dienel. With all of this stuff going on, however, he admits that the Bon Iver faithfuls might have to wait until 2015 to get a new album.

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kingkahn
kingkahn

Wow, this guy doesn't mince words

Cute
Cute

He think's he's rock 'n' roll after saying "yeah we kinda said fuck you a little bit, yeah..." That's cute.

Also: his music

scooter
scooter

"And, regardless if you are fan or foe, this is the single-most important utterance of the man's career."

I totally agree.  Not a big fan of his, though, nor do I find his righteous stance on all this Grammys stuff consistent with his musical ventures as of late.  

Hotspur
Hotspur

I think I'm the only guy in the Twin Cities that doesn't like Bon Iver.  The Current loves his music.  I don't get it.  Yawn.

Mungo
Mungo

What a tool. 

Chris
Chris

Straight from the hipster handbook, well played. And by that I mean hypocrisy that you pretend doesn't exist.

Boom Boom Shikadance
Boom Boom Shikadance

I'm behind Vernon on this one. First year being nominated for a Grammy for numerous categories (Best New Artist, Record of the Year, Song of the Year, Best Alternative Music Album), and they ask him to share the stage? I'd say that's kind of insulting, like the general audience needs more than just you...even though you've been nominated in each of the top categories? Major disconnect there. It would be one thing if he's only recognized by one song, and they need more mass appeal, but the guy has incredible stage presence, credibility and doesn't need performance boost. Can't really fault him for whiskey induced comments like "pretending this is important".

Hi, pals!!!
Hi, pals!!!

Whatever, it's the same middle-of-the-road euro pseudo-pop garbage as everyone else. Best not to think too hard about this Cities 97 crap and the primadonnas its popularity breeds.

HurdyGurdy
HurdyGurdy

A fabulous lesson in how to pretend that you're too virtuous for the Grammy's while still attending and really hoping that you win.

"People should not be getting together in a big room and pretending this is important." Seems pretty important to you, sir.

Jay
Jay

So it wasn't about the POSTER?! That unfounded assumption you made wasn't TRUE, Reed Fischer?

Reed Fischer
Reed Fischer

Why all the shouting?

Jay
Jay

Even though I thought Andrea Swensson was guilty of liking everything, at least she didn't fabricate back stories and try to sell them (with pathetic sentence structure) as the truth.

Reed Fischer
Reed Fischer

Even if this pathetic blog had done that -- it did not -- you still don't need to shout.

Guy
Guy

I enjoy his music, but it's getting harder and harder to defend this asshole. For christ's sake, even Dylan collaborated with people at the Grammys. Pull your nose out of your own butthole, dude.

h.s.
h.s.

I don't think he's being an asshole. He's obviously just trying to keep his music the way it's always been - without too many people behind the scene telling him what to do. But now that he is more in the limelight, it's a different world for him that he has to learn. He may have to figure out how to play nice with these producer types or he won't. I think it's totally fine that he's attempting to keep what he does about one thing - his own music. If he would show up on stage with someone like Lady GaGa it would be a pretty ridiculous pairing and he knows it, and you all know it. 

Hi, pals!!!
Hi, pals!!!

you sure packed a lot of innuendo into few sentances: harder harder christ asshole butthole

wow, haha

Guy
Guy

It's not innuendo when I use the word "butthole" to describe a hole in a butt.

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