The Black Keys had an impressive night at the Grammys on Sunday night, raking in three awards at the prestigious annual ceremony, including Best Rock Album for their most recent album, “El Camino” -- four if you include front man and guitarist Dan Auerbach’s win for Producer of the Year -- but that didn’t stop drummer Patrick Carney from sounding sore about the competition.
According to TMZ, Carney was talking to fans outside of the Chateau Marmont when he was asked about whether pop singer Justin Bieber should feel snubbed that he didn’t receive any nominations this year.
"He's rich, right?" Carney answered. "Grammys are for, like, music, not for money ... and he's making a lot of money. He should be happy."
While Justin does seem quite content with flaunting his wealth (he was named as the No. 10 Highest-Paid Musician of 2012 by Forbes, after raking in a reported $55 million), the Grammy snub did seem to hit him hard. When Bieber’s name wasn’t listed among the Grammy contenders on Dec. 5, his manager, Scooter Braun, took to Twitter to vent about the wrongdoing.
"I just plain DISAGREE," Braun tweeted. "The kid deserved it. Grammy board u blew it on this one.” And in a recent interview with Billboard.com, Bieber admitted that he was hurting from the slight, telling the publication that winning the prestigious award has been a lifelong dream.
“I felt the same way that Scooter felt, I just can't really... it's good that he can put it out there and say that. He had my back just like any manager would,” Bieber said. “My whole life I've dreamed of winning a Grammy. At this point, the excitement of that has gone down. I'm more excited to just make great music for my fans. That's just something that if it happens, it happens.”
But while Carney didn’t seem to have anything nice to say about Bieber, some of the other Grammy nominees had kinder words for the Black Keys. When Marcus Mumford of Mumford & Sons was asked about his band’s two Grammys, he said he was surprised given the competition.
"We figured we weren't going to win anything, because the Black Keys have been sweeping up all day, rightfully so,” Mumford told reports. "We just sort of resigned ourselves that last year was Adele's year, and this year would be the Black Keys' year.”