‘Green Day Are The American Version Of Busted’: Fans Are Furious About BRITs Host’s Diss

A recent controversial remark by BRIT Awards host Roman Kemp, comparing Green Day to Busted, has sparked a backlash among fans and viewers.

During the recent BRIT Awards ceremony, Kemp introduced Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong and Tré Cool as presenters, saying:

“To present our next award for British group are two genuine rock gods. They have sold over 75 million records and released 14 albums – they are very much the American Busted. Please welcome from Green Day, Billie Joe Armstrong, and Tré Cool.”

Fans React Strongly

This comparison to the British pop-punk band did not sit well with many, leading to a flurry of reactions across social media. One fan expressed disbelief, highlighting the difference in musical depth and political engagement between Green Day and Busted, writing:

“Green Day as the American Busted? A) That’s utterly laughable to anyone who vaguely listens to music, let alone Green Day… if anything, Busted rode the waves of Blink-182 to mask their bubblegum pop B) Not everything needs to be made spoon-fed relative to Britain.”

The same fan added:

“Should say there’s nothing wrong with Busted, nor bubblegum pop, but they were not political, socially aware or the ongoing leaders of a US pop-punk scene like Green Day, who are still headlining festivals after 30 years. Comparisons matter.”

The Controversy Over Genre And Authenticity

Another fan said, again criticizing the comparison:

“It’s not a horrible analogy for Brits. But Green Day was way before Busted. And used to be good until they sold out after Dookie. Busted is a pop/punk band. More pop like GD. Nothing like true British punk. But GD isn’t punk either.”

One other person commented, finding the comparison outright offensive:

“‘The American busted’ is genuinely offensive to Green Day. Sorry, but never make that comparison again.”

Despite Kemp’s controversial remarks, the BRIT Awards featured standout performances by Raye, Ellie Goulding, Calvin Harris, and Dua Lipa, with Kylie Minogue receiving the global icon award. Hosted by Maya Jama, Clara Amfo, and Roman Kemp, the ceremony highlighted music achievements, notably RAYE’s record seven nominations. A notable moment came from Harris, who openly questioned his Best Pop nomination.

See some of the fan reactions below.