Dave Grohl Clarifies his GRAMMY Acceptance Speech: “Look, I am not Yngwie Malmsteen.”

At the GRAMMY Awards on Sunday, Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl made some statements (reprinted below) that appeared to be about him hating electronic music when he accepted the Best Rock Performance trophy for his band (which is up for several Revolver Golden Gods Awards). Now he’s issued the statement below clarifying his remarks. Let us know what you think of what he says in the comments.

“Oh, what a night we had last Sunday at the 54th Annual Grammy Awards. The glitz! The Glamour! SEACREST! Where do I begin?? Chillin’ with Lil’ Wayne…meeting Cyndi Lauper’s adorable mother…the complimentary blinking Coldplay bracelet…..much too much to recap. It’s really is still a bit of a blur. But, if there’s one thing that I remember VERY clearly, it was accepting the Grammy for Best Rock Performance…and then saying this:

“‘To me this award means a lot because it shows that the human element of music is what’s important. Singing into a microphone and learning to play an instrument and learning to do your craft, that’s the most important thing for people to do… It’s not about being perfect, it’s not about sounding absolutely correct, it’s not about what goes on in a computer. It’s about what goes on in here [your heart] and what goes on in here [your head].’

“Not the Gettysburg Address, but hey……I’m a drummer, remember?

“Well, me and my big mouth. Never has a 33-second acceptance rant evoked such caps-lock postboard rage as my lil’ ode to analog recording has. OK….maybe Kanye has me on this one, but….Imma let you finish….just wanted to clarify something…

“I love music. I love ALL kinds of music. From Kyuss to Kraftwerk, Pinetop Perkins to Prodigy, Dead Kennedys to Deadmau5…..I love music. Electronic or acoustic, it doesn’t matter to me. The simple act of creating music is a beautiful gift that ALL human beings are blessed with. And the diversity of one musician’s personality to the next is what makes music so exciting and…..human.

“That’s exactly what I was referring to. The “human element”. That thing that happens when a song speeds up slightly, or a vocal goes a little sharp. That thing that makes people sound like PEOPLE. Somewhere along the line those things became “bad” things, and with the great advances in digital recording technology over the years they became easily “fixed”. The end result? I my humble opinion…..a lot of music that sounds perfect, but lacks personality. The one thing that makes music so exciting in the first place.

“And, unfortunately, some of these great advances have taken the focus off of the actual craft of performance. Look, I am not Yngwie Malmsteen. I am not John Bonham. Hell…I’m not even Josh Groban, for that matter. But I try really fucking hard so that I don’t have to rely on anything but my hands and my heart to play a song. I do the best that I possibly can within my limitations, and accept that it sounds like me. Because that’s what I think is most important. It should be real, right? Everybody wants something real.

“I don’t know how to do what Skrillex does (though I fucking love it) but I do know that the reason he is so loved is because he sounds like Skrillex, and that’s badass. We have a different process and a different set of tools, but the “craft” is equally as important, I’m sure. I mean…..if it were that easy, anyone could do it, right? (See what I did there?)

“So, don’t give me two Crown Royals and then ask me to make a speech at your wedding, because I might just bust into the advantages of recording to 2-inch tape.

“Now, I think I have to go scream at some kids to get off my lawn.

“Stay frosty.



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  • Razzledazzle

    Dave is just an awesome dude. He’s not insulting electronic music in any way. I mean, him and deadmau5 are good friends for Christ sakes!

  • Adrian125

    People are so touchy with comments nowadays! I’m sure if DeadMau5 or Skrillex were angry at what he said, they would tell him themselves. But that’s because they understood what he meant!  Instead you have people getting tough on the keyboard for something that shouldn’t be a big deal, and even me posting this I feel guilty to submitting into it. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/xenarena1022 Tawni Beauchemin-Eddy Perez

    People are stupid. I
    didn’t even find it remotely offensive. It’s not about what goes on in a
    computer. You can make music with a computer. But it’s about the person making
    the music. That’s what he was referring to. You can’t just ask a computer to
    make shit up. You need a person behind it, telling it where to go in order to
    make beautiful music. That’s what he was referring to. And I got that without
    even having to read his explanation.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Phil-Wright/100000683471218 Phil Wright

    MAD PROPS! To Dave Grohl  One of the Real People in the Music Business.

    • Richard

      100% Phil. Couldn’t agree more.

  • Richard

    What he is referring to is the fact that rock and roll is about people playing music with real instruments as oppsed to computer driven music which I think he is saying is a short cut to the real thing.

  • Mjone47

    Well said!!!!

  • Ajmcini

    Did everyone forget that Dave and the Foos immedietly followed that speech by PERFORMING WITH ELECTRONIC MUSICIANS.  He was never saying what he said to jab electronic music.  He was more trying to revive feelings towards analog recording and performing.  Tape instead of ProTools, Vinyl instead of mp3. 

    Relax people.

    • DurmellSmellon

      I think it was stuff like auto-tuning he was railing against, considering format is a post-production factor.

  • Jady72

    I can’t imagine standing up there accepting an award and saying anything that would make any kind of sense. I know what Dave meant and the people complaining are probably just disgruntled Coldplay fans. The only thing that upsets me is that he actually had to clarify his statement as if he’d done something wrong. When did everyone become so pussified that they can’t even accept a difference of opinion?

  • Simplicity

    What he says is clear he’s not saying one’s better than the other, or one has advantages. He’s simply saying what makes music human, is the fact that everyone can do it, and what makes it unique is how each person makes their own sound. He’s not bashing anything. He’s giving his opinion on what music is from rock all the way to electronic, music is as unique as the person that makes it. That’s what I think he’s saying anyway.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mario-Arturo-Martínez/100001087505491 Mario Arturo Martínez

    And He is not John Petrucci…

    • http://www.facebook.com/JackTheShredder Marcus DeathHarmonic Harris

       NO ONE is John Petrucci lol

      • RoboCrim

        He’s not dead yet, is he?

        • Riffs101

          No,he is not dead. John is busy recieving grammy nominations, selling out theaters and doing great with his whole line of guitars and other gear. He is also busy being one of the top guitarist in the world. Only dead to overly done generic mainstream music and Justin Bieber fans like yourself!! LOL

  • TazRex

    Dave Grohl’s acceptance speech at the Grammy’s and he shouldn’t have to
    justify or apologize for anything. “Rockist?” Truth hurts. I respect all musicians but he has a very strong point

  • Richard

    Dave Grohl doesn’t have to apologise to anyone. Rock and roll aint for pussy’s so if you’re offended then go back to your computers.

  • Lynne

    I’m confused. What did Dave Grohl say that was even a little bit offensive? He’s RIGHT. 

  • Jefffos75

    And that folks, is why I love Dave Grohl. I wish to hell there was more people like him!

  • Ben Chatzkov

    He rocks, he worked really hard his whole career, he deserves what he’s got, it comes from the heart, he went to the top from himself by himself, he wrote all by himself, he’s good at what he does and you’re pretty sure to see a very a performance of him and his mates at a live show; too many beginners are auto-tuned by computers and give poor live performances just because they’ve been too well made with machines;

  • Dan

    It’s funny when a guy has to apologize because other people completely missed the point.  The guy just rocks, that’s all there is to it.  Love that the Foo’s kept their heart and the music at the forefront and said f’ the big studios and high buck producers and made an album (that won 5 Grammy’s) in their damn garage!  You guys rock!  and Mr. Grohl, you are just the man….

  • Donmagicshawn

    their is no reason to apologize or even offer  an explanation. Mr. grohl you have a great insight to all types of music. an to look at yourself n not only see your limitations, but. also see your talents. an use these gifts to create the type of music you create is an amazing way to express what is in your head, heart, an soul.  YOU DO WHAT YOU DO!!!

  • SLAYER666

    Dude wore a classic SLAYER shirt at the Grammys! If that didnt make a statement that the man loves all kinds of music people need to pull thier heads out!

  • spicyiguana

    can not believe you had t clarify your speech.  best i ever heard.  not that ive heard many.  like flava flav said, “who give a f!@#$ bout a god damn grammy”.  love your music and you guys killed at msg last year!!