Morrissey on the Brit Awards, Madonna and Taylor Swift

….is this just Mozza trying to be controversial (yawn), and gain himself some much-needed publicity (he’s got a tour starting in March after all) or does he make some valid points about the Brit Awards? Have a read through (maybe have a giggle too) and let us know….

Morrissey has attacked the Brits, Ant and Dec, Taylor Swift, Madonna, the Royal Family, Cheryl Cole, the Mercury Prize and the BBC in his latest on-line rant

Morrissey has published an on-line rant about the Brit Awards, accusing them of killing off British music while giving unnecessary airtime to “frightening” Madonna and the “rank fraud” of Taylor Swift.

He is also unimpressed with the choice of Ant and Dec as presenters of this year’s ceremony.

“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 former Smiths front-man said.

“The larger truth may be that any singer or band of any dignity would not join the fantasy pudgery of the Brit Awards… not having accepted a Brit Award indicates classical value for any artist who takes their music seriously, and if we must fold our hands and be grateful as Ant & Dec applaud the Teletubbies for their ‘outstanding contribution to British music’, we can at least be thankful that we are not nominated.”

The essay, published on the Morrissey fan-site True To You, took aim at several other targets.

Madonna at the Grammys (Photos: Rex)

“In 2015, we have MacDonna, who 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.”

A waxwork Taylor Swift (Picture: Madame Tussauds)
BBC News presenter Huw Edwards (Picture: BBC)

The Brits are “not unlike the hourly BBC News, where the elite decide what it is that people want, and then slyly attempt to weave it into populist culture”.

2014 Mercury Prize winners Young Fathers (Picture: PA)

“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…”

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Brit Awards 2015 presenters Ant and Dec (Picture: ITV)

““Fittingly, the Awards will be hosted by light entertainers Ant & Dec, neither of whom have anything to do with music, but their presence indicates the modern hold and control that telly-culture now dominates over the world of modern music…”

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Cheryl Fernandez-Versini (Picture: Robin Bell)

“…it seems unlikely that an end-of-the-world announcement would be believed nationally unless confirmed on BBC1 by Cheryl Cole whilst conditioning her hair. In short, Britain has been encouraged to become a nation of idiots (which, of course, is what it is not).”

The Queen with the Earl and Countess of Wessex, photographed by the Duke of York

“The one and only British institution that we pray for the government to ‘sell off’ – preferably to China.”

This article is taken from the Telegraph Newspaper

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