As previously reported, rap group called MIGOS won the Favorite Duo or Group Award in the pop/rock category at this year’s American Music Awards (AMAs), which triggered some of the notable musicians and journalists in Rock and Metal community.
Rock journalist and host Eddie Trunk wrote: “So sick and tired of rock music being treated so cluelessly and disrespectfully by everymainstream awards show. It’s sickening, disgusting and offensive. AMAs took it to new lows last night. AMAs = American Pop & Hip Hop Awards. F*cking joke…”
Producer Jay Ruston – who has worked with bands such as ANTHRAX and STEEL PANTHER – later quoted Trunk‘s tweet and echoed his sentiment. “I guess this is why we have Loudwire, Metal Hammer and Classic Rock award shows to properly acknowledge rock and metal artists.”
SLIPKNOT and STONE SOUR frontman Corey Taylor retweeted Ruston‘s tweet and then responded to the fan, explaining why the genres are in the place they are. “They know it makes money. But to them it’s dirty money. To them, real rock/metal is: neanderthal, low-brow, common. Too much attitude. They can’t control us. They can’t use us to sell Pepsi. So f*ck the industry. They’ll burn soon anyway… they always do.”
A fan pointed out that Taylor is a Grammy recipient, to which he replied, “We got one back when there were actual rock/metal bands nominated and winning. But that was only one of two categories they’ve allowed us to have. Now they’ve whittled us down to one category. And nominate bands/acts that have no business in it, sometimes.”