Just before the 2011 MTV VMA’s aired on Sunday night, Maroon 5 singer Adam Levine expressed his dislike for the awards show via his Twitter account, saying;
“The VMA’s. One day a year when MTV pretends to still care about music,” he wrote. “I’m drawing a line in the sand. [expletive] you VMA’s.”
MTV responded to Adam reminding him that they had given Maroon 5 a moon man statue a few years back.
So what exactly is Levine’s problem with the VMA’s? While some people speculated that it was because the singer was not up for any awards, Adam decided to set the record straight and went straight to E! Online to clear up why he’s put MTV on blast. Levine said;
“It’s public knowledge that it’s not a music channel. It’s become a huge promotional opportunity for artists, which is a good thing. I think that great artists were there and they were represented and there could have been more. I remember when I was a kid I worshipped the VMAs. I’d see these incredible moments where the whole world sat still to watch the VMAs and year ’round they’d play music—Nirvana, Pearl Jam, bands I loved. There were a lot of memorable moments and not only that, it was music television. It was a celebratory day that represented what the channel stood for. It’s sad. It’s like seeing Tower Records in L.A. as a clothing store. I was just fed up with the whole thing. It is what it is. It was a very off-the-cuff statement that I definitely stood by.”
When he was asked if Maroon 5 was invited to the VMA’s this year, he said;
“I don’t even know if we were invited. I know we weren’t invited to perform. People thought it’s because we weren’t nominated, that has nothing to do with it. We haven’t been nominated in years and that’s fine.”