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Disturbed’s David Draiman Speaks On Beyoncé’s ‘Best Rock Performance’ Grammy Nomination


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Disturbed frontman David Draiman is about as confused as most are on how Beyoncé scored a Grammy nomination for ‘Best Rock Performance’ for her collaboration with Jack White, “Don’t Hurt Yourself“. Disturbed‘s performance of their cover of “The Sound Of Silence” on ‘Conan‘ also got a nomination in the same category, thus putting the band in competition with Beyoncé. Speaking recently to Billboard.com, Draiman said of the nod:

“I have mad respect for all the artists in this category, including and especially Jack White. Is it strange [to be up against Beyoncé]? I think the reason you asked the question is because it is. It definitely stands out — like, one of these things is not like the other, you know? But what are you going to do?”

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He later added:

“What bothers me is that everybody in this category are giants of the field. These are the biggest of the big, the people who made a serious impact this year. Those boys in Twenty One Pilots did some damage this year. And Bowie, a posthumous award happens all the time, and who more deserving? It’s crazy the amount of talent in this category.”

“When did it all become ‘rock’? If you look at every other genre, there are so many categories and sub-categories. For rock, this is all we’ve got, so everything ends up being jammed into these four categories. Is it diverse? Absolutely. It’s too diverse! When you can have, with all due respect, a Beyoncé and a Disturbed in the same category, something has gone wrong. Not taking anything away from her whatsoever, we’re just very different from each other.”

The nominees for the ‘Best Rock Performance’ include:

Alabama Shakes – “Joe” (live from ‘Austin City Limits‘)
Beyoncé – “Don’t Hurt Yourself” (feat. Jack White)
David Bowie – “Blackstar
Disturbed – “The Sound Of Silence” (live on ‘Conan‘)
Twenty One Pilots – “Heathens

The awards will be handed out on Sunday, February 12th.

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