At least Kanye let Beck finish

Poor Beck. Having just won the Grammy award for Album of the Year, the quiet-spoken musician found himself upstaged by Kanye West.\r\nIOL Beck\r\n\r\nPlaying on his infamous MTV VMAs incident in 2009, where he interrupted Taylor Swift’s acceptance speech to expound on the virtues of Beyonce’s Single Ladies video, West started marching towards the stage as Beck beat Beyonce to the Album of the Year prize. Cameras caught close friend Jay-Z looking on in horror, while his wife Beyonce appeared to mouth the words “Not again”. But they needn’t have worried. Kanye walked halfway to the stage, before turning around and returning to his seat with a big smile on his face. West was only joking, or was he?\r\n\r\nAfter the Grammy broadcast, West let rip at the powers that be and Beck, claiming the rocker should have given his award to Beyonce.\r\n\r\n“I just know that the Grammys, if they want real artists to keep coming back, they need to stop playing with us,” West said.\r\n\r\n“We ain’t going to play with them no more. ‘Flawless.’ Beyoncé’s video. And Beck needs to respect artistry, and he should have given his award to Beyoncé.”\r\nHe then launched into one of his trademark rants, accusing the Grammy Awards judges of “diminishing art”.\r\n\r\n“At this point, we tired of it. 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. We, as musicians, have to inspire people who go to work every day, and they listen to that Beyoncé album, and they feel like it takes them to another place. Then they do this promotional event, and they’ll run the music over somebody’s speech, the artist, because they want commercial advertising. No. We not playing with them anymore. And by the way, I got my wife, my daughter, and I got my clothing line, so I’m not going to do nothing that would put my daughter at risk, but I am here to fight for creativity. That’s the reason why I didn’t say anything tonight. But you all knew what it meant when ‘Ye stepped on that stage’.”\r\nWest, who performed twice at the awards ceremony, clearly has a grudge against the institution. Two years ago, when the Recording Academy snubbed him in all the major Grammy categories, the outspoken West suggested that race played a role.\r\n\r\n“I’m 36 years old and I have 21 Grammys,” West said.\r\n\r\n“That’s the most Grammys of any 36-year-old. Out of all of those 21 Grammys, I’ve never won a Grammy against a white artist. So when the Grammys nominations come out, and ‘Yeezus’ is the top one or two album on every single list, but only gets two nominations from the Grammys, what are they trying to say? Do they think that I wouldn’t notice? Do they think that, someway, that I don’t have the power to completely diminish all of their credibility at this moment?” – Tonight Reporter