HOLLYWOOD – Septuagenarian rock star Leonard Cohen lashed out yesterday at the Teen Choice Awards which he claimed ‘are rigged in favor of youth and to the detriment of more mature talents.’
The folk singer who has had hits with songs such as ‘Suzanne’ and ‘Famous Blue Raincoat’ was speaking EXCLUSIVELY to the Studio Exec about his obvious disgruntlement.
The thing is, if you look at the nominations, not even the winners, just the nominations you can see an obvious bias. There are One Direction, 5 Seconds of Summer, Fifth Harmony, R5. No, Rolling Stones!? Male artists you have Justins Timberlake and Bieber. But no Van Morrison, no Tom Waits. Okay, Pharrell Williams is no spring chicken but still that looked like a token gesture to please the bus pass crowd. Female artists Miley Cyrus, Katy Perry and Ariana Grande. No Madonna, no Liza Minelli. It’s just revolting, really.
The Teen Choice Awards gave out gongs to Harry Styles (Best Face) and The Fault in Our Stars (Best Cancer Movie). Organizers responded to Cohen’s criticism with the following statement:
We were saddened to hear the comments of Canadian songwriter Leonard Cohen. As a celebration of the entertainment industry although aimed at a ‘youth audience’ we try our very best to be respectful and inclusive. However, as Mr. Cohen will surely appreciate sucks to be you Granddad!
Next year’s Teen Choice Awards will take place in 2015.