Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder said Grammy was 'meaningless' in awkward award speech

Lottie O'Neill April 3, 2022
Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder said Grammy was 'meaningless' in awkward award speech
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The Grammys is a highlight of the award season, with hundreds of millions of fans tuning in to see which musicians bag top gongs. There have been many strange and iconic moments over the years, with the acceptance speech of Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder being one of them.

From Lady Gaga taking to the Red Carpet inside a giant egg to the Soy Bomb in 1998 during a Bob Dylan performance – the Grammys has seen it all.

Pearl Jam scooped the 1996 Grammy Award for Best Hard Rock Performance. For many artists, the first Grammy Award is a memorable and exciting moment. But that wasn’t the case for Pearl Jam’s lead man Eddie Vedder.

When Eddie Vedder walked up to the stage with his bandmates, his awkward speech helped to cement the moment in TV history. He went on to tell the audience just how pointless and meaningless he believed the honour really was.

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Pearl Jam and Eddie Vedder’s awkward Grammy Award speech

“I don’t know what this means,” he admitted. “I don’t think it means anything. That’s just how I feel. There’s too many bands and you’ve heard it all before.

“My dad would’ve liked it; my dad died before I got to know him. He would’ve liked it, so that’s why I’m here. Thanks, I guess.”

As award acceptance speeches go, I suppose it fits in with what you might expect from a grunge-rock star.

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Vedder hasn’t been the only critic of the Grammys, with Drake previously speaking out against it. His Certified Lover Boy record had been nominated for best rap album, as well as Way 2 Sexy featuring Future and Young Thug for best rap performance. But the singer asked for the nominations to be withdrawn before the voting period ended. The Academy honoured his request.

While picking up a gong for God’s Plan in 2019, he said: “We play an opinion-based sport, not a factual-based sport. You already won if you have people singing your songs word for word. If they’re singing in your home town you’re already winning, you don’t need this (award) right here.”

The Weeknd is also refusing to participate in the Grammys 2022 after being snubbed last year.

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When is the Grammys 2022?

The National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences, which oversees the Grammys, is set to hold its 64th Annual Awards show on Monday, 4 April. The top gongs include Best Album, Best Pop/Group Performance, Best Record, Best Song, and Best New Artist.

The star-studded ceremony, dubbed “music’s biggest night”, is one of the longest award shows, usually taking eight hours. There are 70 categories in total and the event will get back into full swing after showcasing a smaller version last year because of the covid pandemic.

During the Grammys 2022, Billie Eilish, Lil Nas X, Carrie Underwood and Olivia Rodrigo are set to performance on the stage at the MGM Grand Arena.

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Lottie is the Head of Audience for Entertainment and Gaming, working with the teams on HITC, Reality Titbit, The Focus and Freshered. She is passionate about news being accessible to everyone, and focuses on bringing audiences quality content that they enjoy. She loves the art of storytelling, whether that be news, movies or heavy hardback fiction.