Disturbed frontman David Draiman admits that the surprise twist, where his band was nominated for the same Grammy award category as Beyonce, strikes him as "strange." The band was nominated for Best Rock Performance in regards to their cover of “The Sound of Silence” by Simon & Garfunkel.
Beyonce received the Grammy nod for Best Rock Performance for her song “Don’t Hurt Yourself” from her album Lemonade, released this year. The song was co-written by Jack White of the White Stripes.
In an interview with Billboard, Draiman said about the surprise nomination, “I have mad respect for all the artists in this category, including and especially Jack White. Is it strange [to be up against Beyonce]? 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?”
He went on to describe that Beyonce’s nod for Best Rock Performance doesn’t exactly “bother him,” but he does feel a lot of competition in the category being up against her.
“What bothers me is that everybody in this category are giants of the field,” he further said. “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 David Bowie, a posthumous award happens all the time, and who is more deserving? It’s crazy the amount of talent in this category.”