Radiohead‘s Ed O’Brien has shared his views on the band being nominated for the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, which will be announced next year.
The final shortlist is dropping in December. Radiohead will be up against the likes of Kate Bush, Rage Against The Machine, Nina Simone and Depeche Mode.
Radiohead’s Ed O’Brien has responded to the band’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nomination, saying they don’t quite understand it, and that Dr. Dre should be inducted instead.
Chatting to Esquire about the nomination, O’Brien said: “As a British band, it’s one of those things that it’s very lovely to be nominated, but we don’t quite culturally understand it. It’s a very American thing. Us Brits are very bad at celebrating ourselves.”
He added: “One of the things I’ve always loved about coming over to America is American bands you can always have a really good chat with and you could talk. With British bands, there was a lot of hostility. It’s in our DNA to be a little ambivalent with award ceremonies. We haven’t had great experiences. I would never want to disrespect anything because obviously some amazing artists have been nominated. But if I’m honest I don’t understand it. It’s just kind of a British person going, ‘Okay, thanks, what does this mean?’”
It’s a little bit thin on black artists and hip-hop artists. I’m just speaking as a fan of American music, I would have thought that Dr. Dre should have been in there two years ago. His name should be first on the list way ahead of Radiohead.”