When Adam Levine took the stage during Sunday night's VMAs to perform a weird sped-up version of his latest single "Maps," the twittersphere exploded, but not for the reason you might think. Sure, the performance was edgy and cool and overall kind of odd, but Twitter — the beast that never forgets — reminded us that the Maroon 5 frontman wasn't always so fond of MTV's biggest award show. If we take a look a back 4 years, to August 27 of 2011, we'll find Levine crooning a very different melody.
"the VMA's. one day a year when MTV pretends to still care about music. I'm drawing a line in the sand. fuck you VMA's" he tweeted. Yikes. Those are some harsh words for a man whose livelihood was built by the songs and music videos that adorned MTV's programs. Even in 2011, Levine was a huge hit. His debut album Songs About Jane came out in 2002, and the singer and his band had made a name for themselves on the top 40 list ever since.
While Levine had a point (we get it, Music Television no longer plays that much music) we wonder what made him change his mind? Surely a man who has such distain for the MTV VMAs wouldn't agree to headline, right? I mean that would be downright hypocritical!
Regardless, we hope Levine and MTV have made peace, because surely Levine has better things to tweet about.