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  • Disturbed frontman David Draiman said in a new interview with Billboard.com that it's "strange" to be competing against Beyonce in the Best Rock Performance category at this year's Grammy Awards. Disturbed is nominated for its live performance of "The Sound Of Silence," while Beyonce is up for her track "Don't Hurt Yourself," which features Jack White.

    Draiman remarked, "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?"

    • The other nominees in the category include Twenty One Pilots for "Heathens," David Bowie for the title track from his Blackstar album and Alabama Shakes for a live rendition of their song "Joe."
    • Draiman added that the relative lack of rock categories at the Grammys, as compared to the pop, rap and country genres, is what has led to such a varied group of nominees. He explained, "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."
    • He added, "Is it diverse? Absolutely. It’s too diverse! When you can have, with all due respect, a Beyonce 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."
    • Draiman told us a while back that he wasn't even sure where his band fit into the modern metal scene: "I don't know that the metal that we were spawned from really exists anymore. Bands like Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Metallica, Black Sabbath, none of the bands which are called metal, or which are really referred to nowadays as metalcore, are really anything like these bands. So I don't even know that we fit in what is called metal today."
    • "The Sound Of Silence," a cover of the Simon & Garfunkel classic, appears on Disturbed's 2015 album Immortalized -- although their Grammy nomination is for the band's performance of the song on Conan.
    • Disturbed's last Grammy nomination was in 2009, when it was up in the now-retired Best Hard Rock Performance category for "Inside The Fire."
    AUDIO: DISTURBED'S DAVID DRAIMAN ON FITTING WITH MODERN METAL BANDS

  • Metallica frontman James Hetfield says that the band is frustrated with the current state of ticket scalping -- or the more legitimate "secondary market" sales -- and would like to see more action taken to curb it. Speaking with CTV News, Hetfield remarked, "There’s always going to be someone who has an agenda. They’re going to scoop up as many as they can. Technology can help for sure. It’s hard to believe something more can’t be done."

    Hetfield added in a reference to ticket resellers, "There’s legal scalping out there too, which is frustrating. ‘Hey, wow, we just sold 10,000 tickets -- and where did they go? To one place? Interesting.'"

    • Metallica has just released its 10th album, Hardwired…To Self-Destruct, and plans to spend the next two years touring the world, so ticket scalping will be an issue.
    • Hetfield said about the problem, "We’re aware of it and doing what we can. At the end of the day, the fans get screwed and we get screwed. It shouldn’t happen. I would just say, ‘Fans, beware. Be smart about it.'"
    • Hetfield told us a while back that the business side of touring has gotten harder for the acts too: "For some reason, touring is really difficult, and that was the answer to, you know, 'everyone just download, you'll make your money on tour!' And now, well, guess what, you don't. Groups are gonna, they have to join together as packages to go out, and it's a struggle, and I'm really grateful that I'm not a band starting out right now. It'd be very difficult."
    • Hardwired...To Self-Destruct went to Number One in 57 countries around the world after it was released on November 18th.
    • Metallica plans to tour extensively behind the new disc starting in early 2017.
    AUDIO: METALLICA'S JAMES HETFIELD SAYS TOURING IS HARDER NOW FOR NEW BANDS

  • Sixx: A.M. and Motley Crue bassist Nikki Sixx gave an update in an interview on the satellite radio show Debatable about the status of The Dirt, the long-in-development movie based on the Crue biography The Dirt: Confessions of the World's Most Notorious Rock Band. Sixx said that the film is "now being moved around," adding, "Some different companies are really interested. But it's a slow-moving process. It's beyond (being) in development. We're changing partners."

    Sixx pointed out that the hit movie about rap pioneers N.W.A., Straight Outta Compton, took 11 years to get to the screen before continuing, "I don't wanna really be involved in something that's just piecemealed together just to say, 'We did it!' You know, one of those VH1 rock movies you see like on Meat Loaf. It's not what we wanted."

    • Sixx said that while the movie will feature its share of sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll decadence, he explained, "You're gonna see that, because that happened, but there's a really beautiful story, and it's really about a gang that climbed the mountain together and pulled each other up to the top of the mountain when everybody else didn't believe in them, and then imploded at the top."
    • The book was published in 2001 and the film has been in development for more than a decade, with the project landing most recently at Focus Features in early 2015.
    • Motley Crue retired as a recording and touring act at the end of last year after one final tour.
    • Sixx's other band, Sixx: A.M., released Prayers For The Blessed Vol. 2, the companion album to last April's Prayers For The Damned Vol. 1, on November 18th.

  • JUDGE DENIES BRAD PITT'S REQUEST TO SEAL CUSTODY DOCUMENTS

    Brad Pitt wants all the court documents related to his custody negotiations with Angelina Jolie to be sealed, after she filed her own documents earlier this week outlining the couple's custody agreement.

    Sources close to Pitt say that he was annoyed by the filing because although their temporary custody agreement had already been made public in the press, he felt that Jolie was exposing their children to "needless pain" and increased public scrutiny by filing the documents.

    • Jolie's team, meanwhile, says Pitt is more concerned about covering up evidence of his own bad behavior.
    • In a hearing yesterday, the judge did not see Pitt's request as an "emergency action" but also did not deny the request to seal the documents.
    • Rather, a new hearing has been scheduled for January.

  • DANE COOK CALLS OUT NICK CANNON FOR WEARING A PINK TURBAN

    Following the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show, comedian Dane Cook took to Instagram to call out Nick Cannon for wearing a pink turban, which he felt was inappropriate.

    "He wore a matching tie and bottom lip lipstick too to match this horrific clothing mistake x10000. This pic makes me so frustrated that I want to delete it already ... I just opened my fridge and punched into it in utter disbelief," Cook wrote attached to a photo of Cannon. The rant goes on to tell Cannon that he "...cannon’t wear this f--king thing agin."

    • Cannon responded, telling the comedian to call him so he can school him in the "King Business." He previously explained that wearing a turban is more than a trendy fashion choice. "I want to represent my inner king, and to do it in a fly way," he said.

  • CELEBRITY GOSSIP

    SHANNON DOHERTY'S HUSBAND SUES EX-MANAGER: Shannon Doherty's husband Kurt Iswarienko is suing the actress' former management company, Tanner Mainstain Glynn & Johnson. He is filing suit against the business managers for destroying his intimate life with Doherty. (The managers allegedly let her health insurance lapse, which resulted in a delayed diagnosis of breast cancer, a disease she is currently battling). Doherty sued herself for $15 million in 2015 and settled a year later for an undisclosed sum.

    REPORT: SOFIA VERGARA BEING SUED BY FROZEN EMBRYOS: Actress Sophia Vergara is being sued by her fertilized eggs, the New York Post reports. On Tuesday, a right-to-live lawsuit was filed on behalf of the frozen embryos, listed officially as Emma and Isabella in court papers filed in Louisiana. The lawsuit comes amid the ongoing embryo custody battle between Vergara and former fiancé Nick Loeb. The embryos were created through IVF and remain frozen at a fertility clinic in Beverly Hills.

    TINA FEY IS CONCERNED ABOUT HOW THE INTERNET IS AFFECTING SOCIETY: Tina Fey and David Letterman got together at Circo in Manhattan to talk parenting, friends and of course, Lorne Michaels. In the discussion, published Wednesday in The Hollywood Reporter, she delved deep, touching on the current state of civility: "The thing I worry about more than actual human interaction is the internet. Because that's just despicable: people just being able to be awful to each other without having to be in the same room. It's metastasizing now, thanks to our glorious president-elect who can't muster the dignity of a seventh-grader. It's so easy for people to abuse each other and to abandon all civility." The entire thought-provoking piece is worth a read. Link below.

    FASHION HOUSES REFUSE TO DRESS PLUS-SIZE ASHLEY GRAHAM FOR VOGUE: Wow. The British Vogue editor-in-chief was so horrified by top fashion brands' refusal to dress Ashley Graham for the January cover shoot, she went public with the story. In her cover letter, Alexandra Shulman wrote: "It seems strange to me that while the rest of the world is desperate for fashion to embrace broader definitions of physical beauty, some of our most famous fashion brands appear to be travelling in the opposite – and, in my opinion, unwise – direction." Graham is the first plus-size model to grace the cover of British Vogue. Coach gladly provided the clothes when others would not, and the results are stunning. See below.

    LILY-ROSE DEPP MAKES RUNWAY DEBUT: Lily-Rose Depp, the 17-year-old model and actress who also happens to be the daughter of Johnny Depp and Vanessa Paradis, made her runway modeling debut at the Ritz Paris for Chanel. She has also modeled in print ads for Chanel No. 5 for the house. See photos below.

  • AMY SCHUMER LETS FAT-SHAMERS KNOW SHE'S 'STRONG AND PROUD'

    Amy Schumer is taking aim at critics who have slammed her potential casting as Barbie in an upcoming live-action film.

    The comedian posted a picture of herself in a swimsuit on Instagram this week, saying those who attempted to fat shame her have failed because she knows she's not fat and has "zero shame" in her game.

    • Schumer says the backlash has made it evident that she's a "great choice" to play "an important and evolving icon." The plot involves the character getting kicked out of Barbieland for not being perfect enough and going on an adventure in the real world.
    • "I am strong and proud of how I live my life and say what I mean and fight for what I believe in and I have a blast doing it with the people I love," she wrote on Instagram. "Where's the shame?"

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