Rob Zombie: 'The Grammys Are Pathetic'

Despite three nominations for Best Metal Performance, Rob Zombie has slammed pop performances at the ceremony which can't deliver a real performance.

Rob Zombie: 'The Grammys Are Pathetic'
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Rob Zombie has struck out at the Grammy Awards, calling the performances at the show "pathetic". He says the artists at the major awards ceremony could never put the same effort into their shows as a rock artist - and he's certainly qualified to say so, having earned three nominations for Best Metal Performance. "Rock bands can deliver it live, whereas a lot of pop acts - you watch the Grammys and it's pathetic sometimes," he told the Pittsburg Post Gazzette. "You know, 60-year-old Bruce Springsteen comes out and he rocks and whatever pop star of the moment comes out and lip-synchs through some pathetic performance and you're like, 'Really? Is this what it's come down to?'" The musician and film director added that rock genres aren't getting the same love that they used to: "I feel like hard rock and heavy metal has been pushed back underground for the last couple of years. Even if you're playing arenas, it still feels pushed underground," he said. To counter the lull in rock music, Rob is back to the studio to work on his fifth solo album. "For a while there, it was rap and pop and country. Started to get the feeling like 'Do you people just hate rock music or something?' But it doesn't seem like that anymore. So that's why I'm kind of excited to make a record again." Do you agree with Rob about the Grammys, or has he been unfair? Share your view in the comments.

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    HarvesterofPain
    Nah, he's spot-on. The Grammy's have been a joke for as long as mainstream music has been a joke... A long time.
    HarvesterofPain
    Minivirus2 wrote: While I agree that the Grammys are a joke, you can't expect the performances to be comprised of solely rock/metal acts 'because they put on a better performace'. The Grammys are a broad spectrum award show and the producers have to try to appeal to everyone, be it with the Foo Fighters for rock fans or dismal pop acts for the teeny boppers.
    You've got a good point, definitely. I still think they need to tweak the Grammy's to look more like a music awards show than a cheap circus. BTW, I think someone's just trying to downvote everything in this article. Sounds like fun to me.
    john_kimble
    Rob Zombie knows to pay respect to The Boss. Awards and award shows are sanctimonious anyway.
    nailsarecruel
    It's been difficult to tell the Grammy broadcast apart from the MTV VMA's for some time now. It's a very strong message the grammy organizers are sending to artists and musicians who can perform an unplugged set or get their point across without pyrotechnics, a lazer show, an army of dancers and the list of distractions contemporary artists rely upon for "live" sets.
    Morgothik
    Awards shows suck. There is nothing worse than a bunch of people sitting around giving each other awards.
    Shornifier
    I honestly have no hate for pop as I've worked with the genre before; just because there aren't any live instruments on the song doesn't mean it's not musical, it takes knowledge to make pop music. HOWEVER, these disposable shards of plastic who come out in flashy clothes or often half-naked and call themselves musicians I have not the slightest amount of respect for - they are the ones who are mutilating music and creating the image that musicians are just rich money-making prositutes (male AND female) that can get away with a 2 chord song. The Grammys were ok sometimes, but now it's gone out of hand; it's a fake award for fake musicians.
    hriday_hazarika
    pirate78 wrote: THE GRAMMYS HAVE BEEN A JOKE FOR A LONG TIME LADY GAGA AND NIIKI MANJI AND ACTS LIKE THAT ARENT MUSIC MUSIC IS MEANT TO BE LIVE
    Oh god, Niiki Manji. xD
    Minivirus2
    While I agree that the Grammys are a joke, you can't expect the performances to be comprised of solely rock/metal acts 'because they put on a better performace'. The Grammys are a broad spectrum award show and the producers have to try to appeal to everyone, be it with the Foo Fighters for rock fans or dismal pop acts for the teeny boppers.
    robquest
    Its true that pop music has taken over and rock isn't in the forefrton of music. The other day I clicked the featured music tab on youtube and not one rock song was on there. Pop rock yes but no metal or any alternative. You would think at least a foo fighters song. Nope. It sucks that a lot of great artists are getting snubbed by these no talent overrated "poets".
    pirate78
    THE GRAMMYS HAVE BEEN A JOKE FOR A LONG TIME LADY GAGA AND NIIKI MANJI AND ACTS LIKE THAT ARENT MUSIC MUSIC IS MEANT TO BE LIVE
    link no1
    pirate78 wrote: THE GRAMMYS HAVE BEEN A JOKE FOR A LONG TIME LADY GAGA AND NIIKI MANJI AND ACTS LIKE THAT ARENT MUSIC MUSIC IS MEANT TO BE LIVE
    Caps lock eh? You must be ultra cool and have a big wang. I feel your opinion is much greater than everybody else's now.
    CronoMagus wrote: iommi600 wrote: Breaking news: water is really, really wet. ...and soap makes water wetter.
    *facepalm*
    syn_son wrote: I agree with him that the rock scene sucks theese days you cant turn on the radio without hearing a bunch of pussy bands like avenged sevenfold,puddle of mud,bobaflex. Its so bad I cant even listen to my local radio station.
    Avenged Sevenfold? I never hear these on my local radio, they aren't that bad either. I usually get slayer and death on my local rock radio. Also, who the hell are bobaflex?
    x0vincent0x
    Yeah, but when metalbands are in the underground scne they most of the times have their own cool sound. When they get popular, their sound will get more mainstream. So i don't really think that metal becoming an underground thing is that bad.
    DickHardwood
    HarvesterofPain wrote: Minivirus2 wrote: While I agree that the Grammys are a joke, you can't expect the performances to be comprised of solely rock/metal acts 'because they put on a better performace'. The Grammys are a broad spectrum award show and the producers have to try to appeal to everyone, be it with the Foo Fighters for rock fans or dismal pop acts for the teeny boppers. You've got a good point, definitely. I still think they need to tweak the Grammy's to look more like a music awards show than a cheap circus. BTW, I think someone's just trying to downvote everything in this article. Sounds like fun to me.
    I think he meant rocking out a crowd as an act more than rock as a genre on the first part.
    cbabb7
    Is he like..a real zombie? Like if anyone comes to close to him on the stage he tries to eat ther brains and stuff? They gotta chain him up and putta mic in his hands?....
    ThomasBradyFX
    GRAMMys are for everyone, not just Rob Zombie; his comments about the Award Show , that does so much for Music and Artist, are unfounded and expected from such a shot out looser
    Buch58'Explorer
    Isn't this why we have the Golden God Awards?
    led_sevenfold
    Since the guy from black veil brides got best guitarist because all the scene girls on the internet voted for him No the gold god awards have been rendered invalid
    carcass_prowler
    -20 cbabb7 wrote on 05/18/2012 - 097 am / quote | Is he like..a real zombie? Like if anyone comes to close to him on the stage he tries to eat ther brains and stuff? They gotta chain him up and putta mic in his hands?....
    HAHAHAHAHAH! he totally is, "Rob" is just an affectionate name his band mates give him, like a literal eddie from iron maiden
    theblackwell
    He couldn't have said it better. The Grammy's are the most irrelevant award ceremony today. Kerrang, Golden Gods, etc., that's where it's at. But even they are starting to **** up a little bit here and there.
    Shornifier
    TheExterminator wrote: So is your problem with the disposable shards of plastic.. Or the flashy clothes or being half-naked?
    Wheres the second part you dunce
    Maiden95
    Buch58'Explorer wrote: Isn't this why we have the Golden God Awards?
    Look how well that went over this year...
    SolitaryOne
    HarvesterofPain wrote: Minivirus2 wrote: While I agree that the Grammys are a joke, you can't expect the performances to be comprised of solely rock/metal acts 'because they put on a better performace'. The Grammys are a broad spectrum award show and the producers have to try to appeal to everyone, be it with the Foo Fighters for rock fans or dismal pop acts for the teeny boppers. You've got a good point, definitely. I still think they need to tweak the Grammy's to look more like a music awards show than a cheap circus. BTW, I think someone's just trying to downvote everything in this article. Sounds like fun to me.
    he isnt saying that the grammys should be comprised of rock acts only. he is saying that the non rock acts are bullshit compared to rock acts because of the quality of the performance, rock tend not to lip sync and so on.
    TheExterminator
    So he's saying the Grammys are a joke because... They don't support enough Rock/Metal? Shit. Even when they DO support Rock/Metal it's nothing more than mediocre, mainstream trash like the rest of the categories they have, and that's why everyone else hates it. Not because they don't support it, but because they unintentionally make a mockery out of it whenever they do try. I don't expect it to be any different if they suddenly start adding more.
    CronoMagus
    iommi600 wrote: Breaking news: water is really, really wet.
    ...and soap makes water wetter.
    syn_son
    I agree with him that the rock scene sucks theese days you cant turn on the radio without hearing a bunch of pussy bands like avenged sevenfold,puddle of mud,bobaflex. Its so bad I cant even listen to my local radio station.
    TheExterminator
    Shornifier wrote: HOWEVER, these disposable shards of plastic who come out in flashy clothes or often half-naked and call themselves musicians
    So is your problem with the disposable shards of plastic.. Or the flashy clothes or being half-naked? Because I can think of a number of non-Pop (aka: Rock, Metal, Punk) artists who dress up or down. Wendy O Williams, for example, is a Punk legend and she did most of her shows completely naked and covered in whipped cream. No one in their right mind would say anything negative about her. The look is not the problem. Everything Lady Gaga has done, I've seen done ten times better/more extravagant by Shock Rock or Punk. It's the generic, dumbed-down, made-for-radio music that is the problem.
    bigmetalbrad
    metal needs to et some big time mainstream attention for all the right reasons. they need to get some good rock radio, not just classic rock all day