Dave Grohl Shuns 'Rock Is Dead' VMAs Comments: 'Speak for Yourself'

artist: foo fighters date: 08/28/2013 category: general music news
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Dave Grohl Shuns 'Rock Is Dead' VMAs Comments: 'Speak for Yourself'
Foo Fighters mainman Dave Grohl wasn't too thrilled with the latest NY Daily News report from this year's VMAs ceremony, causing him to publicly react on Twitter. The part of the report claiming "rock is dead" seemed to have the frontman stirred up the most. "Hey NY Daily News - speak for yourself," he reacted. "Rock seems pretty alive to me." The given article noted that "rock, hard-core hip-hop and country have seemingly been phased out of the Video Music Awards, and the winners have become less diverse as well." Apart from calling rockers an endangered species, the author underlined that not a single winner of this year's ceremony came "from the more segmented worlds of rock, hard-core hip-hop or country." "It wasn't always this way," the article further reads. "In the VMAs' first decade, the '80s, we often had rockers triumphant, from Dire Straits ('Money for Nothing') to Peter Gabriel ('Sledgehammer') to INXS ('Need You Tonight')." The report ended on a less optimistic note, saying that "today we're living a One Direction world - at least in MTV land. The teen idols stole the 'Song of Summer' prize from expected winners Daft Punk or Mr. Thicke, purely on the hyperactive voting abilities of their teen fan base. "In theory, there's nothing wrong with that. Today, MTV reflects its audience's tastes, they don't shape it. But it's disappointing that, in a YouTube world filled with such amazing diversity, MTV would point us all in one direction," the author concluded.
So on which side do you exactly stand here? Does rock "seem pretty alive" to you or was it killed by the likes of One Direction crowd? Share your thoughts in the comments.
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