Sara Bareilles ' song "Brave" got an unexpected boost when Katy Perry 's "Roar" came out a few months later and people felt they sounded similar. Now, the songs are competing in the same category -- Best Pop Solo Vocal Performance -- at this weekend's Grammy Awards. Sara reveals that her reaction to the controversy wasn't one of anger, but disappointment.
Speaking to the Los Angeles Times , Sara says, "To be totally honest, I was really disappointed. If anyone knows me at all, my platform and my messaging is positive. It was all really misguided, especially on social media."
She adds, "It really bothers me. It feels like especially among women, there's this idea that there's supposed to be competition. I'm supposed to hate what Katy has and vice versa, when I really believe there is room enough for everybody."
"What she does is so different from what I do. Why can't we both sing songs that make people feel good and still be friends at the end of the day?" says Sara. In fact, the two singers are friends, and there was no animosity between them over the "Brave"/"Roar" controversy. Sara also acknowledges the impact it had on "Brave's" profile.
"All of that…felt like a gift. It was only good for my song. It made people listen to it or rediscover it. It's only a good thing as an artist who is in contemporary culture to be in the same sentence with Katy Perry. It's all helpful," she says.
Ultimately, both Sara and Katy ended up with two Grammy nominations apiece, though Sara received one in the prestigious category of Album of the Year, for her current disc The Blessed Unrest . The inclusion of her album in the category surprised many, and Sara tells the Times , "I think my ego-self might feel slightly offended by how shocked everyone was. But if I'm going to be really real about it, I was just as surprised."
"I'm not going to diminish the experience by telling myself in some way I don't deserve it," she says. "It's an incredible thing, and I'm going to celebrate it."
In addition to being a nominee, Sara will also perform at the Grammy Awards this Sunday with Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Carole King. Tune in this Sunday night on CBS, starting at 8 p.m. ET.
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