21st October, 1996
To all those at MTV,
I would like to start by thanking you all
for the support you have given me over recent years.
And I’m both grateful and flattered
by the nominations that I have received for Best Male Artist.
The airplay given to both the Kylie Minogue and P.J. Harvey duets
from my latest album Murder Ballads
has not gone unnoticed
and has been greatly appreciated.
So again, my sincere thanks.
Having said that,
I feel that it is necessary for me to request
that my nomination for Best Male Artist be withdrawn.
And furthermore any awards or nominations for such awards that may arise in later years
be presented to those who feel more comfortable
with the competitive nature of these award ceremonies.
I myself, do not.
I have always been of the opinion
that my music is unique and individual
and exists beyond the realms inhabited by those
who would reduce things to mere measuring.
I am in competition with no-one.
My relationship with my muse is a delicate one at the best of times.
And I feel that it is my duty
to protect her from influences
that may offend her fragile nature.
She comes to me with the gift of song
and in return I treat her with the respect I feel she deserves.
In this case,
this means not subjecting her to the indignities of judgement and competition.
My muse is not a horse
and I am in no horse race.
And if indeed she was,
still I would not harness her to this tumbrel,
this bloody cart of severed heads and glittering prizes.
My muse may spook,
may abandon me completely.
So once again, to the people at MTV,
I appreciate the zeal and energy that was put behind my last record,
I truly do and say thank you,
and again I say thank you.
But no… …no thank you.
Your sincerely, Nick Cave.