Levine's statement is more of an extension of the rant he posted to his Twitter page over the weekend. "The VMAs. one day a year when MTV pretends to still care about music. I'm drawing a line in the sand. f--- you VMA's," he wrote.
Now, Levine continues his anti-MTV creed and tells E! News that most of his fellow recording artists feel the same way, but "they just don't say it." Levine reminisced about the good old days saying, "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."
He continued, "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 asked if he was perhaps just bitter about his own band being snubbed by the awards show, Adam replied, "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."
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