People are losing their goddamn minds over Courtney Barnett’s Album of The Year J Award

Courtney Barnett’s debut record Sometimes I Sit and Think and Sometimes I Just Sit has been critically acclaimed across the world. FL‘s Doug Wallen described it as “the perfect album for this point in her career”, it scored a 8.6 Best New Music rating from Pitchfork, and it’s rated as the eighth best record of the year on review aggregation site Metacritic.

But when the record was announced as the winner of the 2015 J Award for Album Of The Year earlier tonight all hell broke loose on triple j’s Facebook page. “Courtney Barnett is worse than coriander and that’s saying something,” wrote one armchair critic in a sweary rant. It was actually the nicest thing she said.

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Another – presumably a 55-year-old Mojo Magazine subscriber – said music was better in the old days, or something like that.

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Then there was this guy who couldn’t come up with something original, so he quoted lines verbatim from a famous scene in Billy Madison. That’s right – he questioned someone’s artistry with lines from an Adam Sandler movie.

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Some of the criticism was actually quite creative. Points to this triple j listener for thinking outside the box.

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Some listeners were just a bit pissed that Tame Impala didn’t win. Because quite clearly they just don’t have enough J Awards already.

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Things got so intense, even triple j stepped in. They trolled some poor bastard with Courtney Barnett lyrics – and it was kinda awkward to watch, like Switzerland starting a war.

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But thankfully there were a few voices of reason as well.

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The relentless negativity didn’t go unnoticed by fellow musician and J Award nominee Caitlin Park, who responded with a quickfire video on Facebook. “I am so epically ashamed of the shit people come up with about musicians these days,” she posted. “I see it on the daily and no one deserves that kind of criticism just because they are in the public eye.”

I am so epically ashamed of the shit people come up with about musicians these days… I see it on the daily and no one deserves that kind of criticism just because they are in the public eye.courtney barnett you fkn rule and you deserve the shit out of your ‘Album of the Year’ award today.Social media unfortunately gives a voice to the ignorant dickflops that should be ignored… #congratulations #courtneybarnett

Posted by Caitlin Park on Thursday, November 19, 2015

 

Not that Courtney Barnett really needs your approval…

Yep, she’s doing just pretty fine on her own.

Barnett is nominated for seven ARIA Awards, including Album of the Year, Best Female Artist, Best Independent Release and Best Rock Album. Same time, same place next week then?

(Lead image: Catherine Black for FL)