Kasabian: 'BRIT Awards were terrible'
Rockers Kasabian have become the latest stars to criticise this year's BRIT Awards, branding the London prizegiving "absolutely, relentlessly awful".
The awards ceremony at London's O2 Arena last month was hosted by funnyman James Corden and featured performances from Justin Timberlake, Taylor Swift and One Direction, but drew criticism over the lacklustre line-up and the lack of atmosphere.
Kasabian, who won a BRIT in 2010 for their album West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum, have now joined the detractors, insisting the whole show was "terrible" from "start to finish".
Singer Tom Meighan tells BBC Newsbeat, "From start to finish, absolutely tiring, absolutely awful. Bad TV... James Corduroy (Corden)... I don't mind the guy , but even he was struggling. And that says a lot. Just awful really. Everyone knows it - it was awful, from start to finish. It was terrible... It needs a break. It was absolutely, relentlessly awful."
Guitarist Serge Pizzorno is convinced the blame lies with music mogul Simon Cowell, insisting he has flooded the industry with mediocre acts from his TV talent shows.
He explains, "You got (sic) Simon Cowell sat there like the king of the world... Someone like that should be scared to show his face (at the BRIT Awards), because there would be some real musicians there... This is British music. Get away!"
However, Pizzorno hopes the disappointment of this year's show will force organisers to make changes for 2014, adding, "I hope it's the sign for the change. That would mark the end of that period. Whatever that was. The changes is (sic) coming."
Pop star Robbie Williams previously compared performing at the show to singing for a "dead hall" and was so unimpressed with the event, he wrote a song about the prizegiving in which he branded the BRIT Awards "f**king boring".