Not only did West “pretend” to interrupt Beck‘s big win by walking on stage and then turning around, laughing all the way. This is what Kanye said after the awards show:
“The Grammys, if they want real artists to come back, they need to stop playing with us. We ain’t gonna play with them no more. Flawless, Beyoncé video, and Beck needs to respect artistry and he should have given his award to Beyoncé.
And at this point, we tired of it because what happens is, when you keep on diminishing art, and not respecting the craft, and smacking people in the face after they deliver monumental feats of music, you’re disrespectful to inspiration. And we as musicians have to inspire people who go to work every day and they listen to that Beyoncé album, they feel like it takes them to another place, then they do this whole promotional event that, you know, they’ll run the music over somebody’s speech, the artist, because they wanted commercial advertising. No, we not playing with them no more.
And by the way, I got my wife, I got my daughter, and I got my clothing line, so I’m not gonna do nothing to put my daughter at risk, but I am here to fight for creativity. That’s the reason I didn’t say anything tonight. But y’all know what it meant when ‘Ye walks on that stage.”
At this point, the Internet went nuts…and justifiably so. I mean, everybody has their own opinion and their own tastes in music…that’s what makes music such a wonderful art form. But to sit there and criticize someone for winning an award because you don’t see what they do as “artistic” is a direct slap in the face of that particular artist, not to mention it goes against what you’re saying in how people need to be inspired. I mean…who wants to be inspired to write an alternative-rock album if Kanye West is going to make international headlines by shitting all over it because it doesn’t meet his artistic standards?
Beck, because he’s apparently a classy guy, had this to say about the quote:
“I thought she was going to win. Come on, she’s Beyoncé. You can’t please everybody, man. I still love [West] and think he’s genius. I aspire to do what he does.”
THAT, my friends, is how artists should be towards other artists.
Not everybody was as forgiving as Beck, though.
KISS frontman Paul Stanley didn’t mince his words:
“Beck should’ve kicked Kanye right in the nuts last night and said ‘Get the fuck off MY stage!”
Grammy nominated producer DJ Andrew Lloyd tweeted the following that garnered him 1,000 new followers overnight…
Garbage lead singer Shirley Manson didn’t want to hold anything back, either:
“Dear Kanye West
It is YOU who is so busy disrespecting artistry.
You disrespect your own remarkable talents and more importantly you disrespect the talent, hard work and tenacity of all artists when you go so rudely and savagely after such an accomplished and humble artist like BECK.
You make yourself look small and petty and spoilt.
In attempting to reduce the importance of one great talent over another, you make a mockery of all musicians and music from every genre, including your own.
Grow up and stop throwing your toys around.
You are making yourself look like a complete twat.
Ps.I am pretty certain Beyonce doesn’t need you fighting any battles on her account. Seems like she’s got everything covered perfectly well on her own.”
I mean, I get that the guy is in love with himself. He’s talented, no doubt…but he’s not the end-all to be-all. Nor is he “the man” when it comes to judging what’s good music. His performance at the Grammys was laughable. You’re standing on a light bulb using autotune at a music award ceremony and you’re trying to be taken seriously??? Ridiculous.
As it turns out, West has issues a bit of an apology…though it’s really tough to take this numbnuts at face value:
“Beck is one of the nicest guys and one of the most respected musicians in the game. So, there’s nothing that I will want to do as a fellow musician to disrespect him in any way. And the weird thing is like, and I don’t feel like I have the right to take away from people’s moments, but the reality of it is it’s almost like a chiropractor. You know, you just get a little crook out like, “Wow, this crook has been there!” It’s just a little jolt of truth, right? And then you know, everyone feels better after the fact, or everyone is way more famous after the fact, or everyone sells way more albums after the fact, and then Kanye just goes on being an asshole to everyone.”
Quite frankly, I have a hard time trying to take anybody who marries Kim Kardashian seriously. I know Kanye has a ton of fans who worship the ground he walks on, but it’s a shame that they can’t open their eyes and see somebody who’s bark is worse than his bite, and who constantly attempts to give us sizzle without knowing that we’d all just want the steak.
Like it or not, Beck had the steak on Grammy night. And Kanye can fuck right off.