"Rock music is nowhere," the singer says in new interview declaring hip-hop "better than everything else."
The singer and "Voice" coach took a jab at the Recording Academy in a new Variety interview while talking about his "pride" for Maroon 5 remaining a band in era of popular music mostly dominated by solo pop artists, hip-hop and EDM.
"We wear that badge with pride because apparently being in a band is against the law at this point," he said. "Bands that are currently in the pop landscape -- or have survived the pop landscape —-- who are they? Imagine Dragons, One Republic, Coldplay and Maroon 5. There’s your category for best group."
"The Grammys had to change the f--king category because there weren’t any bands," he continued. "Now any [featured artist] can make it. Goddamn it, we cornered the market -- then you f--ked us, Grammys!"
The comment may have very well been made in jest, but the print interview didn't give much context about his tone. Levine, however, has a history of venting about his beef with another major music award show: MTV's Video Music Awards.
In 2017, he described the ceremony as "utterly horrible," and earlier this year he trashed MTV when he thought Childish Gambino's brilliant "This Is America" video wasn't nominated. But it actually was, prompting him to delete the tweet and replace it with this instead:
Shit. I don’t usually put my foot in my mouth. But this time, I did. ‘This is America’ actually WAS nominated for 7 VMAs. How I didn’t get the right info is beyond me. I stand corrected. I’m sorry MTV. Still hate you though. but mostly, I’m sorry.— Adam Levine (@adamlevine) August 4, 2018
When asked by Variety what genre he considers Maroon 5, he answered, "Something unique to this band is that we have always looked to hip-hop, R&B, all rhythmic forms of music, from back when we were writing our first album to now."
As far as rock music, the singer seems to think it's dead and gone, and praised hip-hop for being the most innovative of all of the music genres.
"Rock music is nowhere, really. I don’t know where it is. If it’s around, no one’s invited me to the party," he said. "All of the innovation and the incredible things happening in music are in hip-hop. It’s better than everything else."
"Hip-hop is weird and avant-garde and flawed and real, and that’s why people love it," he continued. "My goal is to make songs that don’t sound dated 10 years later. My main criteria for a song is, can I live with it forever? And if I can’t, I just don’t have the heart to do it. It’s that simple."