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Yap Away Tuesday • Are Music Awards Shows The Death Of Music??

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I can’t believe my own fucking words: the best Alternative Rock Artist went to IMAGINE FUCKING DRAGONS!! Kill me now.

It’s been a while since we’ve yapped away on anything on kilScene.com, but having reviewed the list of “winners” of the 2013 American Music Awards, I couldn’t just remain silent. First let me start off by saying, are you fucking kidding me?? Taylor Swift is the artist of the year? Really? REALLY? Who is on this committee of imbeciles who decide what Americans constitute as artists worthy of an award based on their talent? You mean to tell me that with albums like Local H‘s Hallelujah! I’m A Bum, Middle Class Rut‘s Pick Up Your Head, and Bad Religion‘s True North, just to name a few, the best Alternative Rock Artist went to whom? Imagine Dragons?!! Let me say that again because I can’t believe my own fucking words: the best Alternative Rock Artist went to IMAGINE FUCKING DRAGONS!! Kill me now.

Why should any of this surprise me? Every single music awards show that exists, does so to pander to the record industry that only pushes carbon copies of carbon copies of absolute shit. Alice In Chains put out a pretty stellar album this year, but nope. Not good enough for the AMA’s I guess. I’ve always hated the American Music Awards. Well… maybe not always, but I have hated music awards shows in general ever since Jethro Tull beat out Metallica at the 1989 Grammy Awards in the Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance. That’s when I knew that Hell truly froze over because Jethro Tull? Hard Rock? Since when? How? Well, last night proved that ridiculous history repeats itself. Taylor Swift swept the AMA’s with a total of 4 awards, so I guess she was the big “winner” of the night. Other winners included: One Direction who won for Best Pop/Rock album. When the fuck did these boy band-ers become rock?

The music industry promotes, in essence, the death of music as we know it.

I didn’t even bother watching the awards. Hell, I didn’t even know that they were on. Big Brother, also known as Facebook informed me of the results and I’m not lying when I say that I threw up a little bit in my mouth when I saw those farce of results. What kind of message are these awards shows trying to send to the real artists out there? “Thanks but no thanks, we got this”? Now true artists like those I mentioned in the first paragraph might not need some shiny award to feel complete, but as a fan of music like I am, I like to see my bands get the recognition for their hard work, but instead the industry chooses to shit on them every chance they get. Instead of music appreciation, these awards shows further the point how out of touch they are with the music loving public at large. I’m sure that there are people out there who genuinely love an “artist” like Taylor Swift and Kanye West, but why is that do you think? Simple. These people are heavily promoted by the industry as the “IT” thing, and I’m sorry, if you hear the same five songs on the radio everyday. It’s easy to get brainwashed into thinking that the public really does love these people because, I don’t know, maybe they love their music spoon fed to them by their local radio stations.

The music industry promotes, in essence, the death of music as we know it. Maybe at one time there was hope for bands like Local H, Middle Class Rut, and the like, but no more. The music industry wants to keep it nice and dumbed down for people. Groups with a message and melody are no match for pop regurgitation. Even now, I bet that there are people reading this who thought that Local H (if people have even heard of this phenomenal band) died away with 1996’s “Bound For The Floor” single. Little do they know that the band released 5 more albums since the one that “Bound For The Floor” is featured on. Middle Class Rut is another one of those groups that are helping hoist the flame of Rock way up high, but have you heard any of their songs on the radio? I haven’t. Who cares, right? As long as Taylor Swift, One Direction, Kanye West, and all the other crap that’s out there is played 100 times a day on the radio, how could one scarcely utter a word of protest? Their “music” is just something “special”. Seriously folks, these fuckers change lives with their “songs”. It’s crap and I’m fed up. You should be too.

Okay, by this point, you’re probably thinking that I’m just championing the Rock genre. I get it, I know there’s more than just rock that deserves honorable mention, and I agree with you, but even with genres like Country lets say, all you hear about, or all that gets mentioned are artists like Luke Bryan, whom I actually like, but I didn’t know who the fuck he was before he hit the radio with his pop country hit, “Country Girl (Shake It For Me)“. You see? I’m not even immune to the shit.

There are artists out there that are doing it for the love of music and not for some cheap, fleeting fame.

I’m starting to feel that people don’t realize that they have a choice in what to listen to. If you’re a fan of a particular genre, then by all means, listen to said genre, yet please keep in mind that said genre still exists beyond the radio. There are artists out there that are doing it for the love of music and not for some cheap, fleeting fame. If you don’t know their names or their songs, it’s not entirely your fault. Real fans of music, genre be damned, hunger for sounds that make them move or feel a certain way. Music is more than hit singles. Music is everything, and clearly everything is not being represented on the radio, so people have to seek it out for themselves. My music loving citizens, break the chains that bind. If you are sick and tired of being fooled into believing that music is the same five songs played to death; if you see awards shows for the shams that they really are, then that means you’re ready. Free yourselves from the Great Musical Lie and find your way through all the treasures that have been hidden from you for all these years. New, unique music is being born into the ether every day. Seek and ye shall find.

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