Morrissey: Brits hijacked music
Morrissey has criticised the Brit Awards, accusing them of having "hijacked modern music".
The former Smiths frontman also takes aim at "light entertainers" Ant and Dec, who are hosting this year's show, and guest star Madonna, who he says is "again promoting her frightening career on the Brit Awards even though her music has not ever said anything at all about British life".
Writing on the fan site True To You, the star says the awards "do not ask the public who they would like to see receive awards - for that would be to risk too much".
He said: "In the guise of serving the public, the Brit Awards have hijacked modern music in order to kill off the heritage that produced so many interesting people, to such a degree that we could not imagine anyone who has ever truly affected the course of British music to be on stage at the 02 collecting a deserved award.
"The maximum trimmings divert your attention from the fact that Taylor Swift has nothing to do with Coventry or Wrexham."
The rival Mercury Prize is not spared either, with Morrissey saying it "lands like a voodoo doll in the hands of the unlucky recipient (who is usually to be found selling mattresses 10 months later)".
Sam Smith heads the nominations for this year's Brits after being shortlisted for five gongs, while Ed Sheeran and George Ezra follow with four apiece.