Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon Turns Down a Grammy Performance Slot, Is a Baby About It

Bon Iver was nominated for a slew of Grammys, including the top award of Record of the Year for the song "Holocene." But you won’t see Justin Vernon and his crew dropping rhymes at the ceremony, which airs next Sunday, since he declined an invitation to perform.

Vernon tells Billboard that he turned down the performance slot because he would have to share the stage with another nominee. 

And we just felt like it was such a large stage, we’re getting nominated for this record that we made. Me and Brian [Joseph] and a bunch of our fucking friends and we were given accolades for it, and all of a sudden we were being asked to play music that had nothing to do with that. We kind of said ‘fuck you’ a little bit and they sort of acted like they wanted us to play, but I don’t think they wanted us to play.

I can’t imagine the current face of mope rock saying "fuck you" to anyone other than himself, but I guess we’ll just have to take his word for it.

Oh, what’s that? Justin Vernon has more to add? OK, fine.

Fuckin’ rock n’ roll should not be decided by people that have that job. Rock n’ roll should be the fucking people with guitars around their backs.

Allllllright, Justin. Let’s get one thing straight: there is absolutely nothing rocking or rolling about Bon Iver. You sound pretty with your harmonies and your soft, fuzzy guitar, but just because you make music does not mean that you’re "rock n’ roll." 

Meanwhile, Bon Iver will be included in a Grammys ad, despite Vernon’s indignant suggestion that he’s not out to "sell music." And, hey, check out this Bushmills ad that features Chromeo, Theophilius London, Elijah Wood, and the anti-corporate, uncollaborative Bon Iver! 

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