David Draiman Says “Something Has Gone Wrong” When Disturbed and Beyoncé are Nominated in the Same Grammy Category

  • Axl Rosenberg

Speaking of Grammy categories to which I wasn’t paying close attention: Disturbed were nominated in the Best Rock Performance for their cover of Simon & Garfunkel’s “The Sound of Silence.” Great for them, but their fellow nominees are all artists you wouldn’t expect to see share a category with David Draiman and company:

  • “Joe (Live From Austin City Limits)” — Alabama Shakes
  • “Don’t Hurt Yourself” — Beyoncé Featuring Jack White
  • “Blackstar” — David Bowie
  • “Heathens” — Twenty One Pilots

So when Billboard caught up with Draiman to discuss the nomination, they naturally asked him if he thought it was weird. To which he replied…

“Is it strange [to be up against Beyoncé]? I think the reason you asked the question is because it is.”

Draiman continued:

“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.”

Which is a fair point. “Don’t Hurt Yourself” rocks WAY harder than “The Sound of Silence.” Disturbed probably should have been nominated for Best AARP Contemporary Nostalgia Performance or something like that. Alas, no such category exists.

In any case, this is all really a moot point: David Bowie is going every award for which he was posthumously nominated. Anyone going up against him should just relax and enjoy the party. Bet on it.

[via Metal Injection]

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