Alan McGee called yesterday for the Brit Awards to be abolished - and branded this year's nominees "an embarrassment" to music-lovers. The outspoken Scots music mogul unleashed a volley of insults towards artists from Coldplay to Paul McCartney, insisting rockers should retire at 40.
Few of this year's nominees escape McGee's wrath as he casts an eye over the various categories. He is particularly venomous about mega-selling Coldplay, whose A Rush Of Blood To The Head is up for best album of the last 30 years. He said: "Coldplay are a dilution of a dilution of a dilution. Chris Martin makes me want to eat someone else's earwax rather than listen to his records."
And he accused the Brits of being nothing more than a marketing exercise for the big record labels. McGee, 49, said: "I saw the Brit Awards nominations and I mean, God, is it that bad? "They should get rid of the Brits and start again with 20 music journalists who actually care about music getting together, instead of a bunch of self-interested record company people who just vote for their own acts."
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Coldplay play at the London studios of the 'Help For Haiti Now' telethon (22nd January 2010):