21 Oct 1996
To all those at MTV,
I would like to start by thanking you all for the support you have given me over recent years and I am both grateful and flattered by the nominations that I have received for Best Male Artist.
首先我向全体同仁致谢，感谢你们近几年来的支持 。对于我获得最佳男艺术家的提名，我感到无上的感激与荣幸 。
The air play given to both the Kylie Minogue and P.J.Harvey duets from my latest album Murder Ballads has not gone unnoticed and has been greatly appreciated.
So again my sincere thanks.
Having said that, I feel that it's necessary for me to request that my nomination for best male artist be withdrawn and furthermore any awards or nominations for such awards that may arise in later years be presented to those who feel more comfortable with the competitive nature of these award ceremonies.
I myself, do not.
I have always been of the opinion that my music is unique and individual and exists beyond the realms inhabited by those who would reduce things to mere measuring.
I am in competition with no-one.
My relationship with my muse is a delicate one at the best of times and I feel that it is my duty to protect her from influences that may offend her fragile nature.
我与缪斯（灵感）女神的交往，恰逢其会，精心雅致 。我感到我的职责便是保护她的精巧气质，免受伤害 。
She comes to me with the gift of song and in return I treat her with the respect I feel she deserves — in this case this means not subjecting her to the indignities of judgement and competition.
My muse is not a horse and I am in no horse race and if indeed she was, still I would not harness her to this tumbrel — this bloody cart of severed heads and glittering prizes.
我的缪斯女神不是一匹马，我也并没有参加赛马比赛 。即便她真的曾是匹马，我也不会把她系上这死囚车 。那血腥的马车上携着砍下的头颅和璀璨的奖金 。
My muse may spook! May bolt! May abandon me completely!
So once again, to the people at MTV, I appreciate the zeal and energy that was put behind my last record, I truly do and say thank you and again I say thank you but no...no thank you.
Yours sincerely, Nick Cave