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Corey Taylor on why award shows ignore rock and metal: “Too much attitude”

The genres have "too much attitude" according to the musician.

October 10, 2018
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Corey Taylor took to Twitter to explain why mainstream award shows ignore rock and metal.

Answering a fan on Twitter, the Slipknot and Stone Sour said the genres have “too much attitude.”

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The American Music Awards (AMAs) happened last night, Oct. 9, and the winners of the pop/rock category of the award show confused people.

This year, the category for ‘favorite duo or group’ saw the likes of Imagine Dragons and Maroon 5 face off. But interestingly enough, Migos, a rap group, was also nominated for the award.

And, yes, they won.

Sirius XM host Eddie Trunk took to Twitter to voice complaints about the vote and for “rock music being treated so cluelessly and disrespectfully” in award shows.

“It’s sickening, disgusting and offensive,” he offered.

Producer Jay Ruston retweeted the post, noting that magazines and awards focused on the genres existed to “properly acknowledge rock and metal artists.”

That’s when Taylor joined the conversation, answering a question a fan asked Ruston.

“Why are rock and metal ignored?” The fan asked.

“To them, real rock/metal is: neanderthal, low brow, common. Too much attitude,” the musician offered. They can’t control us.”

Another follower joined the conversation, asking, “Don’t you have a Grammy? I mean, plenty of pop artists are disruptive and plenty of metal artists capitulate to “the man” or whatever.”

“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,” Corey explained.

“Now they’ve whittled us down to one category,” he continued. “And nominate bands/acts that have no business in it, sometimes.”

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Written by Natasha Heinz

For Natasha Heinz, it was really not a phase. After spending 11 years reading Alternative Press in her hometown in Brazil, she moved to Ohio and landed a job at her favorite magazine. Now, she's constantly cold but sure as hell the happiest she’s ever been.