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Bon Iver turns down offer to play Grammys.

Bon Iver was offered a chance to play the 2012 Grammy Awards, where their self-titled 2nd LP is nominated for Best Alternative Album, but bandleader Justin Vernon turned the offer down, Billboard reports. The Grammy Foundation asked him to duet with an undisclosed artist, but Vernon denied on the basis that he wouldn’t be allowed to perform any original material – though he referred to his would-be collaborators as “awesome people. People that I would love to play a song with…But you know what? 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. And their friends. And their managers.”

You have to hand it to Vernon, who is openly appreciative of the widespread recognition of his talent while preserving his artistic motives instead of sacrificing them to the great publicity machine in the sky:

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