E Street Band’s Steven Van Zandt Says He’s Boycotting The Grammys
E Street Band guitarist Steven Van Zandt shared a post to answer one of his fans’ questions about The Grammys on his official Twitter account. The guitarist unveiled that he’s not approving the awards by explaining the main reason behind his thoughts.
The 64th Annual Grammy Awards will be held on April 3, 2022, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, the best of their categories will be awarded once again. South African comedian Trevor Noah will host the event. Nominees like Jon Batiste, Doja Cat, and Justin Bieber drew significant attention. The audience is not only excited for the candidates and winners but also the performers’ shows.
Jimmie Allen, Ledisi, Mon Laferte, Allison Russell, and many more will perform in the premiere ceremony. In addition, BTS, Billie Eilish, Lady Gaga, Lil Nas X, John Legend, and other mainstream artists will be a part of the main ceremony. The Grammys’ list of performers consists of mostly pop, hip hop, and country musicians, and only a few rock bands will perform in the shows.
As a rock legend, Van Zandt is totally against the Grammys authorities’ choosing fewer rock bands compared to the early years when the most famous rock and metal musicians hit the stage. Thus, the guitarist has been boycotting them since they eliminated rock music from the telecast. Van Zandt won’t join the awards ceremony because of their actions toward the genre he dedicated himself to for decades.
Here’s what a fan asked:
“So Steve, all excited about the Grammys?”
Van Zandt responded:
“I’ve been boycotting them ever since they eliminated rock music from the telecast.”
You can check out the tweets below.
I’ve been boycotting them ever since they eliminated Rock music from the telecast. https://t.co/bd6kevv7qq
— Stevie Van Zandt (@StevieVanZandt) April 2, 2022