There’s no question that with the increasing number of platforms for social media, it is very easy to be heard. Anyone can express exactly what they are thinking, with only a few key strokes. Here’s a look at a few musicians’ opinions on what has been ailing them lately.

Trent Reznor and Josh Homme vs. The Grammys

Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails and Josh Homme of Queens of the Stone Age were kindly asked by the Grammys to close out the broadcast this year. They were hesitant at first, as neither really is a big fan of the awards show. However, they put their heads together and decided it was a good way to showcase their solid rock sound to a broader audience.

The performance also included Foo Fighters’ lead man Dave Grohl, and Fleetwood Mac’s Lindsey Buckingham. For their fans, it was a treat to get to see them play such a mainstream event, except the Grammys cut them off midway through, because they had run over the scheduled time. As a result, at-home viewers barely caught a mere glimpse of the rock extravaganza.

Immediately after, Reznor expressed his disdain via Twitter. If you are going to anger anyone in the music industry, try not to do it to such heavy hitting rock ‘n rollers, because this is what you get. Since then Reznor has been very vocal about never returning to the Grammys, and both him and Homme have shot profanities at the music organization, and rightfully so. To make matters worse, the Grammys “apologized” by simply saying they did the best they could. Wow, is that how a music organization supports, um, music? I would be irate too.


Lorde vs. Her Fans

Lorde, oh Lorde. Here’s a teen sensation from New Zealand who blew up North American charts with her hit single “Royals.” It’s cool, it’s different, it’s a unique sound. Which is why it got picked up by so many radio stations, and put on heavy rotation. The people responded to it, fans grew to love it. Lorde even picked up a few awards for it.

It’s no secret the pop diva in the making has had her share of outspoken moments, never shying away from speaking her mind about the current state of music. She’s even denied the title of “teen hottie.” And there’s nothing wrong with that. Except when you start voicing opinions against  those who made you. That was the case in a recent interview, where she got all bent out of shape about the success of her hit single: she wants it to stop playing on radio stations, “because it’s kind of crazy at the moment.” She claims she can do better than “Royals” and wants to give fans some “breathing room” before releasing new material.

So let me get this straight: Lorde, a young singer-songwriter, is annoyed that her music is mainstream. She’s basically over herself. So much so, she wants her own fans to stop listening to her. But only briefly, until her majesty says so. Come on. If she did not want to be popular, she should have stuck to making music in her basement and singing in the shower. As my fellow music aficionado, Sammy T, pointed out: why sign with a record label if she did not want to gain recognition? She opted to put her talents out there, and is now offended that most people enjoy it? Really? Get a grip already.


Drake vs. Macklemore, Rolling Stone, and Himself 

You know, just when I was starting to turn the corner, and join Team Drake. Let’s start with his beef with Macklemore. After the Grammys, Macklemore, recipient of Best Rap Album, sent a text to fellow nominee Kendrick Lamar, saying he should have won that award. Then Macklemore did the good ol’ humblebrag (my new favourite word) and took a photo of the text and posted it on Instagram. Not the brightest idea. In response, Lamar only had nice things to say though. However, Macklemore was harshly criticized for his gesture by many, including Drake. He called Macklemore’s move was “Wack as f–k,” and even said he owed all the nominees- including himself – an apology text. Bitter much, Drake?

Next, Drake was supposed to grace the cover of Rolling Stone. Unfortunately, actor Philip Seymour Hoffman passed away at the same time, thereby booting Drake from the coveted cover. Drake advertised his “disgust” over Twitter. When his tweet was not taken in kind by the general media, Drake deleted it, and followed it up with another tweet, basically claiming what he said was taken out of context.

Most of all though, Drake was upset at himself. After mulling things over, he took to his website, and ablogogized (my other favourite word.) He blamed the way his comments came out on his own frustrations, and said he was acting out of character. Oh Drake.



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