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Dave Grohl clarifies Grammy speech, Auto-Tunes his own 'human element'

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Dave Grohl has issued a clarification about his Grammy acceptance speech, essentially Auto-Tuning the message he was sending about keeping things imperfect. 

While accepting the Foo Fighters' award for Best Rock Performance at the 54th Annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, Grohl caused a beeping-mad backlash with the following pro-analog pomp:

"To me this award means a lot because it shows that the human element of music is what's important. Singing into a microphone and learning to play an instrument and learning to do your craft, that's the most important thing for people to do... It's not about being perfect, it's not about sounding absolutely correct, it's not about what goes on in a computer. It's about what goes on in here [your heart] and what goes on in here [your head]."

In a statement on Friday, Grohl calls the 33-second chatter "not the Gettysburg Address" and attempts to make amends with the electronically offended.

Said Grohl, "I love music. I love ALL kinds of music. From Kyuss to Kraftwerk, Pinetop Perkins to Prodigy, Dead Kennedys to Deadmau5.....I love music. Electronic or acoustic, it doesn't matter to me. The simple act of creating music is a beautiful gift that ALL human beings are blessed with."

Advances in digital recording make it possible to "fix" a session when "a song speeds up slightly, or a vocal goes a little sharp," he explains, but that level of perfection often lacks personality and excitement, in his opinion.

"I am not Yngwie Malmsteen. I am not John Bonham. Hell...I'm not even Josh Groban," Grohl continues, noting, "I do the best that I possibly can within my limitations, and accept that it sounds like me. Because that's what I think is most important. It should be real, right? Everybody wants something real."

Then he goes on to praise Skrillex.

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