Jared Leto Rips MTV VMAs for Sidelining Rock Music

The 30 Seconds to Mars frontman expresses his disappointment towards MTV after Best Rock Video was presented on the pre-show of Video Music Awards.

AceShowbiz - As if taking the heat over %cLady GaGa%'s and %cMiley Cyrus%' raunchy stage acts is not enough, MTV is facing another backlash. %cJared Leto% slams the music network for ignoring rock genre at the live telecast ceremony of Video Music Awards over the weekend.

"Rock music deserves a place there," the %c30 Seconds to Mars% lead singer told the HuffPost Live. "I don't think people will be bored by it. But we live in a world right now that seems to want to be anesthetized, that seems to want to just feel one thing. It's this slight sedation."

On the growing popularity of %cPassion Pit% and %cFun.% who usually took on dark themes in their music, he commented, "I'd push back and say the songs of theirs that are very, very successful are the ones that probably people are seeing something they want in those songs, which is something that fits in the scope."

Leto and his bandmates won Best Rock Video at the VMAs last Sunday, August 25 for their "Up in the Air" music video, but they were presented the award on the pre-show. Leto did take the stage during the main show later to introduce %cKanye West%'s "Blood on the Leaves" performance.

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