Pete Wentz has never been one to shy away from speaking his mind, which is either the best thing about him (if you’re one of his fans) or the worst (if you’re his publicist).
In a culture of 10-second sound bytes and cloying correctness, this puts him in rarefied air, up there with the Kanyes and the Courtney Loves of the celeb-uverse. Of course, it also makes him a fixture on gossip sites and even the tabloids, an unfortunate side effect to his lack of an internal monologue (not to mention his girlfriend, Ashlee Simpson).
Recently, Wentz was in the headlines again, this time for grousing that his band, Fall Out Boy, were all but ignored by the Recording Academy when it came to Grammy nominations, despite the fact that FOB had played several Academy parties, and released one of 2007’s most successful rock albums, Infinity On High. He also felt that the Academy overlooked the acts on his Decaydance Records, a roster that includes bands like Panic at the Disco and Gym Class Heroes, yet received just one Grammy nom (a pre-tel nod for the packaging of Panic’s A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out album).
So as a result of all that, Wentz decided to boycott this year’s Grammys , taking in all the action just like many people did — from his couch, with junk food scattered around and his dog going crazy in the background.
And, in keeping with his free-speaking ways, he agreed to write an impromptu report on his Grammy experience for MTV News. What follows is his complete, unfiltered take on the show. …
“The highlights of the Grammy show from my couch had to be postponed due to a trip to Häagen-Dazs, so unfortunately, I missed about the first 30 minutes of the show. I always kind of get chills when they do, like, weird holograms of people who died, so that might have been a good thing to miss.
“Got back in time to see the Kanye performance, man how much did those lights cost — like a zillion dollars? His show definitely made me want to go out to his tour — it also kind of made me feel high.
“The next thing that really stuck out to me was Beyoncé and Tina Turner. The whole time it was going all I could think was, ’How cool would it be to have Tina Turner as your grandma?’ Like, she was busting pretty insane moves if you think about it.
“At this point, my dog goes crazy and I miss about 15 minutes here and there. Aretha Franklin and the gospel singers were slaying — it’s like they packed all the people who could really sing into like a 3-minute period. When Kanye took the stage to accept the rap album award I knew something was going to go down. I feel like because Kanye gives very real reactions, it’s sometimes expected. Kind of tacky to turn the
music on, [his] speech was great when he spoke about his mother.
“The Foo Fighters slay. It doesn’t even really matter that they’re playing outside. They even had my dog circle-pitting. [I] watch Amy Winehouse — kind of a sweet place to get an award, just in a room full of your friends. Maybe the rest of the show should have had more stuff like that, the hometown team gives a lot of love.
“Never saw Herbie Hancock’s win coming, but it was pretty cool to see an upset and I’m a fan. Maybe the Grammys should have more unexpected stuff like this and less ’Check out this-dude-with-this-dude mash-ups.’
“All in all, it went well with my strawberry cheesecake ice cream. Could have even been a bit better if I hadn’t thrown a tantrum about it like a 3-year-old. Oh well, there’s always next year to complain some more, or man up and swallow my words.”
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