In 1996, Nick Cave wrote an infamous letter to the MTV Video Music Awards requesting that his video be withdrawn from the proceedings when, to his dismay, he was nominated for Best Male Artist for his duet with Kylie Minogue, the classic Where The Wild Roses Grow.
The track garnered Cave’s 1996 record Murder Ballads such attention that he started to slip into mainstream popularity like he’d never experienced before. And this, of course, dismayed him, prompting a letter to MTV when he was nominated at the awards, stating with pure Cave elegance, “My muse is not a horse, and I am in no horse race.”
Minogue read the letter as a part of a video series called Letters Live, a spinoff of literary correspondence website Letters of Note. Watch it below: