By: Gary Graff
Don't necessarily lump the Black Keys' Dan Auerbach in with drummer Patrick Carney's burgeoning Twitter feud with Justin Bieber.
Things started at the Grammy Award, when Carney was asked if he thought Bieber was slighted by not being nominated for any awards this year; the always outspoken drummer responded that, "He's rich, right? Grammys are for music, not for money. He's making a lot of money. He should be happy, I guess."
Bieber tweeted that "the black keys drummer should be slapped around haha," and Carney retweeted the comment, adding that, "It's cool when you get cornered outside your hotel by a guy with a camera and they ask you a dumb question and then put it on TV."
Bieber's fans, meanwhile, lit up Carney's Twitter page, turning it into "a virtual Claire's Accessories" in defense of their hero. It's hardly the first time Carney has gotten into a verbal scuffle with another top-selling act -- he took on Nickelback when the Keys' "El Camino" came out in late 2011 -- and Auerbach, who took home Producer of the Year honors in addition to the band's three Grammys, tells us he prefers to stay on the sidelines:
"People will automatically say, 'The Black Keys said...,' but people who know us know that we are two different people with very different opinions. When Pat says something he's not speaking for me and vice versa, but...whatever. Pat's never short on humor."
The duo is currently working on its follow-up to "El Camino" but will break for select concerts during the year, including a South American run -- with Lollapalooza shows in Brazil and Chili -- and some U.S. dates in the spring, including the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival on May 5. Some summer shows are also starting to be scheduled.
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