Arcade Fire's Manager Defends Their Grammy Win, Double Performance
Scott Rodgers responds to Steve Stoute's full-page New York Times ad that blasted the show and the Canadian band.
Arcade Fire's manager Scott Rodgers is defending the band for winning at the Grammys -- which was criticized by music exec Steve Stoute in a full-page New York Times ad blasting the show for honoring little-known acts over more established names.
Referring specifically to the Album of the Year category, which the Canadian rockers took home, Stoute explains in the current issue of The Hollywood Reporter, "It wasn't the win that was the problem. It was them performing [twice], before and after the winner was announced. That's when I thought, 'This is fake.'"
Rodgers says, "Arcade Fire had the final slot on the Grammys as the ratings are low at the end of the broadcast. It really is that simple…The reason we got a second song was also simple. No big plot. We had no guarantee of air time, but it was simply to play out the end credits of the show, if we're even had that much. The show never runs like clockwork to an exact time so the end is always loose. As it happened, the broadcast was covered by sponsors messages and the end credits."
Read his full letter (via New York magazine's Vulture) below:
Arcade Fire had the final slot on the Grammys as the ratings are low at the end of the broadcast. It really is that simple. We were one of the least known acts on the bill for a network audience. Don't you think I wanted a better slot for the band?
The reason we got a second song was also simple. No big plot. We had no guarantee of air time, but it was simply to play out the end credits of the show, if we're even had that much. The show never runs like clockwork to an exact time so the end is always loose. As it happened, the broadcast was covered by sponsors messages and the end credits.
For the Grammys international broadcast our main performance, along with that of Mumford and Sons and the Avett Brothers was completely cut from the show. Our end title performance was bastardised because they cut out ads/sponsor messages completely. It was a bit of a farce. You'd think we'd be given a little more after the fact.
Arcade Fire deserved the win this year. They made the best album. If the award was names "Album Sales Of The Year" award, there would be no discussion. Stoutes letter was nice piece of self publicity. Did he see Kanye's tweets when we won and the praise he gave us?? He needs to tune in. Eminem made a big selling album but it was far from being his best work. [Ed note: true.] Katy Perry made a big pop record that simply didn't have weight or credibility. Gaga's repackage, great album but it was a repackage of the main release. I think everyone felt it was going to be Lady Antebellum's moment having won 5 out of 6 awards to that point. We all felt that way too.
Arcade Fire are now one of the biggest live acts in the world. It’s not all about record sales.
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