Justin Bieber may be taking his recent snub at the 2013 Grammy’s especially hard. The 18-year-old pop star was noticeably absent from the prestigious awards ceremony this year after he failed to get a single Grammy nomination. After the ceremony, he seemed to lash out at Black Keys drummer Patrick Carney on Twitter when Carney suggested that Bieber should be content with what he has.
The Black Keys won three awards at the Grammys this year, including Best Rock Album for “El Camino.” But the impressive wins didn’t stop Patrick Carney, one half of the popular garage rock duo, from dishing on who he didn’t think deserved the spotlight. When Carney was asked about Bieber’s absence from the awards ceremony by TMZ reporters, he seemed perplexed, responding, “he’s rich, right?”
"Grammys are for, like, music, not for money ... and he's making a lot of money. He should be happy,” Carney said.
Carney certainly had a point: Justin was ranked No. 10 in Forbes' Highest-Paid Musicians of 2012 list, which stated that he earned a cool $55 million in 2012, not bad for an 18-year-old. But the “Beauty and the Beat” singer did not appear to take Carney’s comments in stride.
Justin took to Twitter on Tuesday to respond to Carney, tweeting, “the black keys drummer should be slapped around haha.” About two hours later, the message had been retweeted nearly 30,000 times. But while most fans replied with supportive messages, egging the singer on, not everyone seemed to condone his anger.
“babe. You shouldn't have tweeted that,” tweeted user @JokoyaMcLean. “You know that guy just wants attention. Don't give him and the media what they want.”
One reason why Bieber may have been so quick to respond to Carney’s public slight may have been because it came on the heels of Bieber's recent admission to Billboard.com that he was disappointed he didn't get a Grammy nomination this year. “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,” Bieber told Billboard.
His manager, Scooter Braun, also expressed outrage after Bieber's name wasn’t listed among Grammy contenders on Dec. 5, writing, “I just plain DISAGREE. The kid deserved it. Grammy board u blew it on this one.”
Bieber announced to fans that he would host an hour-long live video stream during the Grammy ceremony to play some new music and hold a Q+A, Mashable reported. However, technical difficulties with his Internet connection left him unable to fulfill the promise, and he was left instead to upload a video of himself shirtless and playing a clip of one of his new songs.