Kasabian‘s Serge Pizzorno has suggested that there is a “conspiracy” by the Brit awards to “shut rock n’ roll out.”
The band picked up no nominations for this year’s Brit Awards, despite releasing new album ’48:13′ in 2014 and headlining Glastonbury. Speaking about the snub, Pizzorno said he was frustrated that the band’s efforts had been ignored and expressed concern for the message it sends out to other bands like Kasabian.
“It’s a conspiracy,” he told The Independent. “They’re trying to shut rock n’ roll out of [the Brits]. What sort of message does that send to working class rock ‘n’ roll bands which the industry is in dire need of? Kasabian couldn’t have done any more last year. It’s bullshit really. It’s way more exciting to be playing the Baftas than the Brits.”
Pizzorno shared his conspiracy theory as it was announced that his band will perform at the year’s Bafta Awards. The guitarist said he and his bandmates will try to shock the Hollywood actors and directors in attendance at the annual film awards.
“It’s a huge honour to open the Baftas because we’re all such great film fans,” he said. “It’ll be a strange old show playing in front of a load of penguins, but it’s going to be great. We’re going to start the night off with a huge explosion. We’re going to play everything twice as loud. Half the people there won’t have a clue what is going on.”
The BAFTAs take place at a ceremony at London’s Royal Opera House on February 8 hosted by Stephen Fry and broadcast on BBC One. In the meantime, check out the full list of nominations here.
Kasabian lead the list of nominees at this year’s NME Awards 2015 with Austin, Texas. They have eight nominations in total.