Bruno Mars is a fun and captivating performer who has proven himself more than capable of busting out a catchy hit with universal appeal, but his night at the Grammys yesterday raised some eyebrows. He was nominated in six categories, and he went six for six, including wins for Album Of The Year, Song Of The Year, and Record Of The Year over the likes of Jay-Z, Kendrick Lamar, Lorde, Childish Gambino, and highly esteemed others.
Among the eyebrows raised are those of Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon, who was not too pleased when he caught wind of Mars’ Grammy success. In a series of tweets, he wrote:
“Scanning headlines after playing Mexico City last night (holy sh-t did we feel at home… unbelievable city). Looks like Gammys are still something serious musicians should not take seriously! Absolutely NO offense to Mr. Mars, but you absolutely have to be shitting me. […]
To be factual, Mr. Mars made a name in the INDUSTRY by making hits OUT of hits of yesteryear (see: [a The Onion post titled “Nation Reaffirms Commitment To Things They Recognize“]). SO… no real need to be mad, even at the Grammys. SZA? KENDRICK? I’d say move on from this sh-t show. Felt like a Democratic Party party, not rock ‘n’ roll.”