frontman Robin Pecknold took to his Instagram on Monday to throw some shade Bruno Mars’ way, calling Mars a “Toys R Us Gap Band.”
Pecknold’s post came a day after Mars and his album 24K Magic swept the Grammys by winning all the awards he was nominated for, including the coveted Album of the Year. In Pecknold’s Instagram story, he wrote, “Aside from Kendrick/SZA/Jay Z nothing that was nominated was good in my opinion but to give it all to Toys R Us Gap Band is pretty ridic.” He added in a follow-up post that “Every AOTY nominee was great except one and the single mediocre one won. I’m not mad I’m just … disappointed.”
Pecknold wasn’t the only one disappointed by the Grammys’ decision: Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon also made his thoughts known on Twitter.
While some might have questioned Pecknold and Vernon’s motives (neither act was nominated this year), their feelings seemed to reflect what many have been expressing on social media, television and radio. While Mars’ win was much-deserved, many felt that the Grammys were out of touch with the times and didn’t give hip-hop music its just due (especially when it came to Kendrick Lamar and Jay-Z).
Between Recording Academy president Neil Portnow’s tone-deaf response to #GrammysSoMale and hip-hop’s shutout from the big four awards, here’s hoping the Recording Academy does some much-needed soul searching before next year’s awards.
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