Despite three nominations for Best Metal Performance, Rob Zombie has slammed pop performances at the ceremony which can't deliver a real performance.
Posted on May 18, 2012 01:30 pm
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.