The 2016 Grammy Awards show takes place Feb. 15, where we'll get to see Taylor Swift and Kendrick Lamar go head to head for Album of The Year, while everyone who could care less about country wonders who the hell this Chris Stapleton guy is. It's the last big chance music stars have to dress to the nines and pat each other on the back before the sweaty mess of festival season gets underway, and as usual, we can expect the usual run of meticulously planned outrage and spectacle. Check out the full list of Grammy nominees.
While the night is sure to be packed with over-the-top performances and enough "by golly!" shocked exclamations by the inevitable big winner Miss Swift to make our heads spin, plenty of artists have had a more serious bone to pick with the Grammys over the years. Whether through bashing or boycott, we've collected 12 of the more memorable anti-Grammy moments in the show's recent history.
Nine Inch Nails' Trent Reznor
Trent Reznor, never one to be called soft-spoken, lamented the desperation of industry fatcats when cutting down the awards ceremony (though he DID win an Academy Award, so...). This was undoubtedly made worse by the Grammys choosing to cut to commercial during an incredible onstage collaboration between Queens of The Stone Age and Nine Inch Nails.
DJ Jazzy Jeff & Will Smith
Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder
Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder, the corduroy-clad Zinn-quoting grunge king, scoffed at the idea of the band's Best Hard Rock Performance win at the 1996 Grammys: "We just came to relax. We just wanted to watch the show. I don't know what this thing is. I don't think this means anything. I think it would've maybe meant something to my dad."
50 Cent, who's got plenty of reason to gripe given that he's never won a single award despite being nominated 13 times, put on don't-care airs in 2008 when asked about the awards: "Man, f-ck the Grammys! I couldn't care less about the Grammy Awards."
Flying Lotus went in hard on The Grammys in 2010 after anticipating (and not getting) a nomination, calling them all sorts of names while writing off the awards show's relevance.
Rick Ross, upset over his number-one-debuting 2009 album Deeper Than Rap getting the big snub, dropped a verse on a new remix to Beyonce's "Video Phone" song to protest the nomination omission. "What I think bout the Grammys? I think they all haters," he declares. "What they all think bout the album?/ They think it's amazing/ What I think about the album?/ I think I'm the greatest." Too bad the Grammy people didn't agree.
The Silversun Pickups were nominated for Best New Artist in 2011, but frontman Brian Aubert isn't much a fan of the self-congratulatory nature of the awards. "Does it really matter to us? No. Absolutely not," he said when asked about the band's feelings regarding the nod. Do they matter to anyone anymore? No. Absolutely not.
In 1991, Sinead O'Connor boycotted the Grammy ceremony and refused her award for Best Alternative Album, Best Record of the Year and Best Alternative Musical Performance, stating that her absence was a protest against the extreme commercialism of the Grammy Awards. It was the first time in Grammy history that an artist refused to accept an award.
Public Enemy boycotted the awards the same year as Sinead, only their refusal to show was based around accusations of racism among those selecting the winners. It didn't help that Vanilla Ice was nominated or Best Rap Performance.