Grizzly Bear singer Ed Droste has questioned the value of the Grammy awards, after his band failed to secure a nomination.
One of the most critically adored bands of their generation, Grizzly Bear have somehow avoided the mainstream success lavished on The Shins, Death Cab et al. Still a relatively cult phenomenon, new album 'Shields' helped bring the band's music into some unexpected places.
Sadly, though, this feat has not been recognised by the Grammy awards committee. Whereas Mumford & Sons received six nominations, Grizzly Bear failed to secure entry into a single category and will play no part in next year's ceremony.
Tweeting to fans, singer Ed Droste said: "So the Grammies are literally based off sales and nothing else?#bummerzone" Following this, the songwriter joked: "Super relieved Taylor Swift is up for another award. Was worried she didn't have enough! #phew".
Droste then tweeted at Bon Iver singer Justin Vernon, who has his own strong opinions on the Grammy awards. Replying, Vernon had some strong words for those behind the ceremony and their decision to ignore Grizzly Bear's achievements.
First Justin Vernon wrote: "this is why i hate the grammies. because it allows you to question what you've done. don't question what you’ve done Ed." Following this, the songwriter railed against awards ceremonies in general: "y'alls music is pure as fuck and there is nobody making music like you and i think it's truly unique. the grammies aren’t a measure of much that is calculable or quantifiable by our own contexts for music. why you create is most important."
Finishing, Justin Vernon lavished some high praise on Grizzly Bear's work. "All this being said, FUCK those morons for not knowing enough about GB [Grizzly Bear] #jordongotcutfromhighschoolbasketball".
All in all, pretty heart warming stuff.