Iggy Pop on rejecting the Grammys: ‘I hate those people’
Iggy Pop opened up about his troubled relationship with the Grammy Awards, because “I hate those people.”
In 2020, the legendary rocker was one of the recipients of the prestigious organization’s Lifetime Achievement Award, but admitted he had trouble deciding whether to accept the honor.
He told Classic Rock: “The Grammys kept trying to talk to me on the phone and I was like, ‘I don’t want to talk to them. I hate these people. They want me to be an exhibit at their museum. or something. .’
“Then when I finally talked to the Grammy lady a few months later, she said, ‘We’re going to give you a Lifetime Achievement. Without you, there’s no Lil Nas X and Billie Eilish.’
He continued: “According to her, ‘you are a direct link to the artists who are at the top of our awards list this year.’ So, that’s what one person said, and I’ll take it for what it’s worth.”
In more recent news, the singer released his 19th solo album ‘Every Loser’ last week (January 6) via Atlantic and Gold Tooth Records, producer Andrew Watt’s label. The singles “Frenzy” and “Strung Out Johnny” served as previews.
The album features the collaboration of big names, such as Duff McKagan, from Guns N’ Roses, and Chad Smith, drummer of Red Hot Chilli Peppers. The late Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins, who died in March, also contributed to the record.
In their review of ‘Every Loser’, NME wrote: “‘Every Loser’ is a revival of today’s early punk from the only musician qualified to make one.”
In another recent interview, Pop revealed that he was once approached to join AC/DC, but thought he “didn’t fit the bill.”
“I listened to his record. I thought: I can’t fit in that group,” he told the New York Times. “I wasn’t like, ‘Ugh, I don’t like them.’