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This Is Why Bon Iver Turned Down Playing At The Grammys!

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Bon Iver Turns Down Grammys

It would have been incredible if Justin Vernon and Bon Iver would've played the Grammys.

We had heard they'd been asked, but turned it down. Now, we know why:

They had gotten the offer, and of course to play the Grammys would be a big deal. The problem was that the Grammys only wanted them if they collaborated with someone else. And because they didn't want to compromise their music, they declined.

Here's what Vernon said:

"We wanted to play our music, but we were told that we couldn't play. We had to do a collaboration with someone else. 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 f***ing 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 'f*** 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."

And it wasn't even the people they wanted them to play with, as they were "awesome people" and "people that [he] would love to play a song with." It was this:

"F***in' rock n' roll should not be decided by people that have that job. Rock n' roll should be the f***ing people with guitars around their backs. And their friends. And their managers."

And here's how he feels about the Grammys ad spot:

"There's a big misunderstanding– I don't want to sell music. But if people are going to be selling music, and they want to sell our music without disturbing the medium of what it actually is, we want to f***ing do that. I want people to hear the music that we make. I don't want to do it in any shitty way."

We can understand all of this. There are a lot of people out there who are making decisions that shouldn't be making decisions who are just thinking about the show and not the music. There is always a need to stand up for the integrity of something you've pained yourself in creating, we get that.

But we do feel like it's coming off as a little pretentious. Just decline and have your reasons, just don't make it sound like a tirade! (Also, you really don't want to sell your music? Come on.)

The album was hands down one of the year's best, though, so we have to give them that. And having that gives them the right to be protective of it!

So, are U guys fans? How do U feel he comes off??

[Image via WENN.]

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15 comments to “This Is Why Bon Iver Turned Down Playing At The Grammys!”

  1. 1

    He can develop a career in music or be a footnote. Up to …….boner who?

  2. 2

    Good for them, he isn't pretentious at all, It's THEIR music, they should be able to do it according to their vision of it. Either have them on, or don't. That is some bullshit.

  3. 3

    This is why I love bon iver! I love that there are still artists/bands who are not willing to sell out their music just because it will make a lot of money, or a good show.

  4. exBFF says – reply to this


    Sweetie - that's right, you tell them. You are talented. You are special. People don't deserve you. By the way, Dad is fixing up the basement so you can come home anytime you'd like and play your music all you want.


  5. 5

    what the fuck does your manager have to do with playing music there asshole?

  6. 6

    Honestly, it sounds a bit pretentious. I'm all for standing up for your music and not selling out and if the Grammy's were suggesting they play with Lady Gaga or Taylor Swift…fine, I could get it…but if the person who they wanted them to play with is awesome and someone they want to play with…why not do it? It'd be a nice way to get the name and music out to someone who might not know it already.

  7. 7

    I kind of get what the Grammy's want. Bon Iver has collaborated with so many different artists, from Kanye and Nicki to the Flaming Lips. So collaborating for the Grammy's is not something that came out of the blue. However, the band can choose to expose their music to a world-wide audience or not, it's their music. I think they made a mistake, though.

  8. 8

    Who cares.. They aren't a big deal and won't be in a year from now… They'll look back and beg for a second chance.. Learn your place!

  9. 9

    They've been my absolute favorite band since they first started years ago. I'm glad to see they haven't compromised who they are or what they do. It scares me a little with how big they've gotten, but by them standing up to the Grammys, I have faith that mainstream won't destroy another band many love so dearly. It's their music, and they should be able to do with it what they want. Nothing he said was pretentious. They're just staying true to themselves and their ideals. They Grammys are mostly bullshit anyways and need to be told to fuck off sometimes.

  10. 10

    They are absolutely pretentious!
    But it is their music. If they want to reside in a little hole-in-the-wall, then fine.
    Don't diss the other bands. Yeah, Lady Gaga does perform but she loves her fans and her fans love her.
    This year's heavy hitters are pretty good people. Take… ADELE. Come on, do you seriously think she's selling out? She's a sweetie and super talented. Get over it.

    You can do whatever you want - but take my approach. I never really heard of you guys. I thought you looked like some cracked out baffoons from some hidden mountain. I FINALLY listened to your music and actually liked it! Maybe if you would perform at a HUGE event, people would like you even more.
    If you are so anti recording companies and money, then why is your album on itunes? Just release it for free. Oh….wait.

    I respect that you are wanting to do what you want to do, but you do look like a couple of really pretentious babies. Why not become famous…and then do what you want. USE THIS. USE THIS OPPORTUNITY to get more fans, then create your own story.

  11. 11

    straight PR play. say fuck you to grammys and get cred and sales. well thought out and executed

  12. 12

    Perez, you know nothing of integrity, so of course you would just slap a convenient label like "pretentious" on them. This is just how it is, these days. Artists are clashing with the business end of art even more than they did in the past. It's true that slapping someone on your song for the sake of a collaboration can hurt its integrity. If the Metropolitan Opera had Lady Gaga singing the lead role in La Traviata just to sell tickets, that would drastically compromise the integrity of the piece and the Met. Taylor Swift has no business singing a Christina Aguilera song (or really any song, for that matter), and I'm sure there are plenty of artists who have no business singing Bon Iver songs. Similarly, I'm sure Bon Iver doesn't want to be slapped on some other artist's song just for the sake of cramming as many musicians in as possible and trying to achieve some kind of "unexpected partnership" ideal.

  13. 13

    So glad they're not like queens of leon and sell their souls to mainstream…it's all about the music.

  14. 14

    Coming from a guy who used to put cum patches on peoples faces and has a silly fake celebrity name, I'm sure you have the authority to call them Pretentious.

  15. 15

    Biotch P'Lease! Your shit music is isn't remotely "Rock 'n Roll". More like something I would listen to if I were constipated. You & Mumford & sons take your shit "music" and dive off a bridge. The world would be better off without your whiney, pathetic "music".