Why Iggy Pop Hates the Grammys: ‘I hate those people’

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Iggy Pop never got into music for the trophies.

Although some of his peers might have gotten their Lifetime Achievement Awards at the Grammys, Pop isn’t planning on attending the awards show any time soon.

When asked about being featured at one of the ceremonies, Pop was extremely cold saying,

The Grammys kept wanting to talk to me on the phone and I kept telling my manager: ‘I don’t want to talk to them. I hate those people. They want me to be an exhibit in their museum or something.’”

While a Grammy representative talked to Pop about a Lifetime Achievement Award, he didn’t like the sudden praise saying,

It’s been, what? 50 years? No Grammy! But they said, ‘You won.’” 

This isn’t the first time Pop has taken the piss out of award shows.

When the Stooges were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (5:15), he made light of the ceremony by flipping off the crowd and reading cue cards from his pocket.

Once Pop realized what the award meant, he had felt honored saying,

“At first it was almost grim. Like, ‘Okay, I got there, I got that. It doesn’t make ‘Raw Power‘ any better or any worse.’ But after a while, I came to appreciate that every person has a point of view. It took me a long time to appreciate that a lot of people have points of view that are nothing like mine whatsoever, but I need to respect them.”

Pop also took pride in the fact that he’d be part of the Grammys forever saying,

“I said, ‘Well, is there anything I have to do? Is it contingent on anything?’ And they said, ‘No. It can never be changed.’ So I thought that was OK. That was nice.”

Even though the Stooges might not have gotten their due respect back in the day, the Grammys have warmed up to their brand of chaos.

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