Zakk Wylde Comments On The Misrepresentation of Rock Bands At The Grammys

Year after year, it seems as though the Grammys are becoming more and more of a joke, as the entire representation of music is solely pigeon holed into not what the best music is, but which music, and which artists are the most popular. Upon seeing seeing how the Grammys function these days, it appears that the longtime award show that was once highly respected amongst musicians, has becoming nothing more than a glorified popularity contest.

Ozzy Osbourne/Black Black Label Society guitarist Zakk Wylde spoke out on Hatebreed singer Jamey Jasta’s podcast about the Grammys, putting in his two cents about how rock bands and musicians today are being misrepresented. Not only that, he doesn’t quite understand why these folks are getting so high strung about not winning a Grammy, in knowing well how the system is currently being run.

“Do you know what I think is so hysterical with the Grammys? That any of our friends who don’t want the Grammys actually get upset about the Grammys,” said Wylde.

“Do you know what Grammys is? It’s the equivalent of any of our friends, or me and you, with our Sabbath and Zeppelin records – we’ll throw in some Allman Brothers in there too – we go to [iconic disco nightclub] Studio 54 and it’s 1978 and we’re like, ‘Man, put on some Sabbath and Zeppelin!’ And they’re just like, ‘You’re at the wrong bar, guys. We don’t play that in here. But down the road there’s plenty of bars that play all the music that you want to listen to.'”

“Put it this way, if the band wins anything – awesome! As for a footsie rub, I still don’t get one and I’ve got a Grammy. It doesn’t help things,” he added.

“With any of our friends that get upset about this… it’s like any of our friends that get upset about Justin Bieber or Lady Gaga. And it’s like, really? It’s like ‘Frank, name me one Lady Gaga song or Justin Bieber song.’ And like, ‘I don’t know any.’ And I go, ‘Okay, name me a Joe Pass song.’ You know, the legendary jazz guitarist. They go, ‘Well, I don’t listen to jazz.’ I go, ‘I know. So why would you get upset about it if Joe Pass did three nights in Madison Square Garden?’ I mean, why do you even get pissed off about things you don’t even listen to? I’m too busy listening to Zeppelin and Sabbath and Bad Company and bands I like. [Laughs] I don’t even get it, man.”

JT “Doc” Berry \m/