Creepy Clown Invades Grammys! But There's a Perfectly Good Reason...

·Claudine Zap
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 26: Slipknot Clown and his wife and daughter attend the 56th GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on January 26, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage) (Getty Images)

There's a clown on the Grammys red carpet. We're sorry if this image causes you nightmares.
Oh, but wait. It's just one of the co-founders of Grammy-winning metal band Slipknot... no need for concern!

As rock fans well know, Shawn Crahan (who actually goes by the name "Clown" on stage) has considered a clown mask part of a proper going-out ensemble since the late '90s. So, it's no real surprise that the drummer showed up in the freaky get-up, although he frightened a few folks not familiar with his band's signature look.

Can we talk about the terrifying clown walking the #ERedCarpet at the #Grammys?!

— E! Online (@eonline) January 26, 2014


Crahan escorted both his wife of nearly 22 years, Chantel, and one of their daughters down the carpet. Both of the ladies chose to go mask-free.

[Photos: Arrivals at the 2014 Grammys Red Carpet]

At any rate, Crahan, 44, and his bandmates aren't afraid of controversy or attracting attention. Slipknot calls its fans "maggots," change up its scary trademark masks from album release to album release, and has had to defend contoversial lyrics that have been linked to everything from murders to grave robberies. Slipknot has been nominated for six Grammy Awards and won Best Metal Performance in 2006 for the song "Before I Forget."