First and foremost, I should start this out by saying that rock music is what I listen to; it’s what I grew up with, it is what I came to re-love when I started making my own decisions about what I wanted to listen to, and I really don’t think the love will ever end.
So on August 25 when I sat down to watch the MTV Music Video Awards Preshow, you can imagine just how shocked I was to find that the one award I am usually most excited for was not being given out during the actual show.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not one of those ‘music snobs’ who only listens to one type of music and that’s it. I like to think I have a very eclectic taste in music that allows me to sample different genres from classical to 80s rap and everything in between.
To see an award that has been previously given to iconic Rock and Roll Hall of Fame bands like Guns N’ Roses, Metallica, and Aerosmith – and potential future Hall of Famers in the Foo Fighters and Green Day – be shafted from the actual show, however, did not leave me with a pleasant feeling for the rest of the show.
I’m definitely not the only one who felt this way.
Jared Leto, who won the award with his band Thirty Seconds to Mar for their song “Up in the Air,” voiced his opinion on HuffPost Live after the VMAs.
In the interview, Leto said he spoke to MTV after saying: "Rock music deserves a place there." He also encouraged anyone who felt the same way to speak up and get the word out to MTV.
The rock category was certainly not shied away from in the past, lest we forget all the bad ass rock and rollers who have won Video of the year like Van Halen, Pearl Jam, and the Smashing Pumpkins to name a few.
Why have we drifted so far away as to move the category to the preshow? Leto seems to think that people don’t want to be overly engaged by the media they consume through either music, television, or movies, but live in a sort of fantasy bubble.
“I don’t think people will be bored by it,” Leto said. “But we live in a world right now that seems to want to be anesthetized, that seems to want to just feel one thing. It’s this slight sedation.”
When asked by Kia Makarachi, the Entertainment editor at HuffPost Entertainment, if maybe things are turning around because of bands like Fun. who aren’t afraid of touching darker subject matter, Leto said:
"I’d push back and say the songs of theirs that are very, very successful are the ones that probably people are seeing something they want in those songs, which is something that fits in the scope.”
To see the clip from interview watch below:
I think that one thing the show definitely lacked this year was variety. I personally felt like we were not getting a good representation of everything going on in the music world because the categories were filled by the same people every time.
Maybe this is my bias showing, but it’s my opinion, and I’d love to hear your thoughts on this as well – let us know what you thought on either Facebook or Twitter.