Josh Homme and Old Rockers Grumble Into Irrelevance
F--- everything, f--- The Man, f--- Imagine Dragons, f--- the Grammys, f--- all this s---.
-- Josh Homme of Queens of the Stone Age
Music's biggest night... to be disrespected. A heartfelt F--- YOU guys.
-- Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails
We're sorry, you are...?
-- majority of U.S. music fans
PORTLAND, Ore. (TheStreet) -- Weeks after the Grammy awards were handed out and much of the music world finished debating Macklemore's awards and apology tweet to Kendrick Lamar, Lorde's age and Daft Punk's impact, rock and roll's middle-aged guard was still complaining about a perceived slight against its character.
It's not just that Queens of the Stone Age frontman Josh Homme and Nine Inch Nails figurehead Trent Reznor had their show-ending performance cut off halfway though, though they both seemed pretty cranky about it. It was that Imagine Dragons had, somehow, beat out Homme and his band for Best Rock Performance -- and that Homme felt the need to address this fact on stage weeks afterward.
Never mind that Homme wasn't nearly as bothered that his band's album ...Like Clockwork lost the Best Album category to an album from Led Zeppelin. Or that said album was a recording of a concert performed seven years ago by a band that broke up after drummer John Bonham's death in 1980 and hasn't released an album of new material since 1982. Or that his band wasn't even nominated in the Best Rock Song category that featured Black Sabbath, the Rolling Stones and a Nirvana reunion featuring Paul McCartney.
Never mind that Nine Inch Nails lost in the only category it was nominated in -- Best Alternative Music Album -- to Vampire Weekend.
No, it's the rest of the world's fault that Homme and Reznor are so angry. They're the rock stars who've been at this for decades and have collaborated with legends in the industry, so they should still be the tastemakers, right? They're going to make their music their way and the rest of us are just going to have to sit there and listen to it because rock and roll will never die, right?
Yeah, whatever you say, old man.