Morrissey’s hate-list includes meat, a reunion of the Smiths, Harvest Records and hecklers. Now he’s added the Brit Awards to his file.
The veteran British singer and songwriter has unleashed a mighty-rant at the annual Brit Awards, and dished some venom for the BBC, the Mercury Prize, Cheryl Cole, this year’s show hosts Ant & Dec and reality TV in general. He’s also managed to give a solid kicking to Madonna and her “frightening career.”
Morrissey’s essay comes in at 1,300 words, but it’s well worth a read. Here’s a sample: “At its most honest, the Brit Awards are unfairly given to singers who, it is hoped, might be encouraged enough by the award to actually write a good song. Just as the Mercury Prize lands like a voodoo doll in the hands of the unlucky recipient (who is usually to be found selling mattresses ten months later), a Brit Award generally goes to a lot of shriveled young souls who have not earned it, yet none are likely to ask “are you sure I deserve it?”
And on Madonna, or MacDonna as he calls her (remember, he hates meat), Moz notes she “had had a quiet 2014 (but who is quite usefully about to release her new album!), yet here she is again promoting her frightening career on the Brit Awards even though her music has not ever said anything at all about British life.” Madonna will perform at the Feb. 25 Brit Awards for the first time in 20 years. “Just as the Brits launch party highlighted a song that reached no higher than number 62 on the UK chart,” he adds, “it really is your own fault if you believe that this Awards show has any connection to anything other than the junk propaganda of the strongest labels gathering to share out awards for their own artists whom they plan to heavily promote in 2015.”
And there’s this nugget: “In the guise of serving the public, the Brit Awards have hi-jacked modern music in order to kill off the heritage that produced so many interesting people, to such a degree that we could not imagine anyone who has ever truly affected the course of British music to be on stage at the 02 collecting a deserved award. The maximum trimmings divert your attention from the fact that Taylor Swift has nothing to do with Coventry or Wrexham.”
Morrissey’s beef is addressed under the title “music awards are none of your business.” It’s a play on the name of his most recent studio album, World Peace is None of Your Business, a recording over which Morrissey waged war with his former U.S. label Harvest.
The former Smiths frontman’s diatribe-in-full can be read here on the fansite True to You. Earlier this month, Morrissey used the Website to announce he’d canned a show in Iceland due to “their cannibalistic flesh-eating bloodlust”.