Father John Misty won his first Grammy at the 60th awards on Sunday, with his Pure Comedy (Deluxe Edition) winning Best Recording Package in a tie with Claudio Roncoli & Cactus Taller’s El Orisha De La Rosa, and the meaninglessness of that was by no means lost on him. At a Sydney show earlier this week, the artist legally known as Josh Tillman accepted his award in exactly the absurd, sardonic fashion you’d expect, with the choice pull quote being, “Fuck society.”
As you’ll see below, Misty delivered the following completely facetious acceptance speech:
Uh, wow, thanks. I don’t have a whole lot of time, but, God, fuck, I just wanna say fuck society. I wanna say that this government is a criminal organization. Um, uh uh, uh, uh, FlatEarth.com, please go check that out. And, you know, when I was growing up everyone told me, you know—whether it’s like Mommy, Daddy, the church, schoolteacher, whoever—you know, everybody was always saying that, like, it’s what’s on the inside that matters, you know, and I think that this is really evidence of the fact that it’s what’s outside that matters.
Misty’s third album, the monumental Pure Comedy, was nominated for the Best Alternative Music Album Grammy award, though it lost to The National’s Sleep Well Beast, in that band’s first-ever Grammy win. Pure Comedy’s deluxe edition did top Sleep Well Beast in the Best Recording Package category, however. So there’s that.
The two 2018 Grammy noms were Misty’s third and fourth. His I Love You, Honeybear (Limited Edition Deluxe Vinyl) was nominated for Best Boxed or Special Limited Edition Package in 2015, and he also received a nod in 2011 for his work on Fleet Foxes’ acclaimed Helplessness Blues, nominated for Best Folk Album. Clearly, each nomination is more important to him than the last.
See fan-shot footage of Misty’s super sincere acceptance speech below (via Stereogum) and hear his 2012 Daytrotter Session further down. Find his full tour slate—including shows in Australia, Japan and Europe, and a set at NYC’s Panorama Music & Arts Festival in July—right here.