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:

We just felt like it was such a large stage — we’re getting nominated for this record that we made. Me and Brian [Joseph] and a bunch of our fucking friends and we were given accolades for it, and all of a sudden we were being asked to play music that had nothing to do with that. We kind of said ‘fuck you’ a little bit, and they sort of acted like they wanted us to play, but I don’t think they wanted us to play.”

This sentiment is generally in line with Vernon’s reaction toward learning about his nomination a few months back, at which point he came under fire for calling the spectacle “ridiculous” and “not important.”

Below, watch the video for “Holocene,” also nominated for a Song of the Year award at the Grammys: