(CBS) Bon Iver has pretty much turned down an offer to play the Grammy Awards because organizers wouldn't do it on the band's terms.
The acclaimed indie group is in the running for four awards at Sunday's ceremony, including record of the year and song of the year, but don't expect to see the band grace the Grammy stage.Special Section: The 54th Grammy Awards
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Frontman Justin Vernon told Billboard magazine that Bon Iver was offered a slot to play the Grammys only if it teamed up with someone else, and Vernon wasn't having any of it.
"We wanted to play our music, but were told that we couldn't play," Vernon said in the expletive-filled interview. "We had to do a collaboration with someone else."
"We kind of said 'f--- 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," Vernon added.
The 30-year-old singer-songwriter said Bov Iver was asked to perform with "awesome people," adding, "But you know what? F-----n' rock 'n' roll should not be decided by people that have that job. Rock 'n' roll should be the f-----n' people with guitars around their backs."
"I want people to hear the music that we make," said Vernon whose band is also up for best new artist.
The Grammy Awards, which air live Feb. 12 on CBS, will feature performances by Adele, Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band, Glen Campbell, Paul McCartney, Jason Aldean, Kelly Clarkson, Coldplay and Rihanna, Foo Fighters, Bruno Mars, Nicki Minaj and Taylor Swift.