At this year’s American Music Awards, Justin Bieber appeared on the red carpet wearing a Nirvana T-shirt from Fear of God (which costs $1,500). The shirt featured a variation of the design from the “Heart-Shaped Box” single, and it pissed off some Nirvana fans who believed that Kurt Cobain wouldn’t be happy to have Bieber’s support.
In an interview with Esquire, Bieber’s stylist Karla Welch comments on the reactions: “Actually, it’s not the first time he’s worn a Nirvana tee. We just have a nice collection of vintage tees, and then the tee he wore yesterday was actually Jerry Lorenzo’s from Fear of God. Jerry takes vintage tees and re-cuts them. But yeah, of course he’s a fan of Nirvana. I think it’s so funny that all these people are up in arms. I’m sure Kurt Cobain would be like—I mean I can’t speak for him, obviously—but I don’t think he was so snotty or that he would diss anyone who appreciated his music. I think he understood that that is like the antithesis of music appreciation.”
One person who isn’t mad: Courtney Love. After the AMAs, she tweeted to show her support.