"When you can have, with all due respect, a Beyonce and a Disturbed in the same category, something has gone wrong," says David Draiman.
On Tuesday morning (Dec. 6), hard-rock vets Disturbed secured the second Grammy nomination of their career, as their somber live rendition of Simon & Garfunkel’s “The Sound of Silence” was among the finalists for Best Rock Performance. The Chicago quartet, who included the cover on their 2015 album Immortalized, will compete against Twenty One Pilots’ Top 10 smash “Heathens”; the title track from David Bowie’s final album, Blackstar; a live performance of Alabama Shakes’ “Joe”; and “Don’t Hurt Yourself,” from Beyonce featuring Jack White.
When asked about that last nominee — Beyonce’s first appearance in the rock category, from her Album of the Year nominee Lemonade — Disturbed frontman David Draiman tells Billboard that, yes, competing with Queen Bey in this context is a little startling. "I have mad respect for all the artists in this category, including and especially Jack White,” Draiman says. "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?"