AVENGED SEVENFOLD singer M. Shadows says that attending this year’s Grammy Awardswould be a “waste of time and money” for him and his bandmates, despite the fact that they are nominated in the “Best Rock Song” category.
AVENGED SEVENFOLD received its first-ever Grammy nomination this year for the song “The Stage”, the title track from its latest LP.
After the band revealed via Twitter earlier in the week that it was not planning to be at this weekend’s event, SiriusXM‘s Eddie Trunk reached out to M. Shadows to get more details on AVENGED‘s decision to skip the Grammys.
Confirming that his group was not going to be present at the January 28 awards ceremony in New York, M. Shadows said in a text message to Trunk that although the move was “not really a protest per se” against the Grammy organizers, he and his bandmates were less than pleased about the fact that “Best Rock Song” was added to the categories that aren’t televised during the performance-heavy broadcast. “Fuck ’em,” the singer said. M. Shadows then revealed that because AVENGED is currently on tour, his band would have been forced to spend around $150,000 on flight costs and hotels for the musicians and their wives from South Dakota to New York and then to Oklahoma in order to make the event. “And then they go and pull the ‘Rock Song Of The Year’ award from TV and put us in some side venue no one gives a fuck about? Fuck that waste of time and money,” he wrote, according to Trunk. M. Shadows added that the rock genre gets “no respect” from the Grammy organizers. “I mean, how marginalized has rock become when ‘Rock Song’ of the year can’t get two minutes?” he said, according to Trunk.