I don’t listen to Kanye West’s music, and I wouldn’t know Beck if he gave me a Grammy.
But when the two crossed paths at the 2015 Grammy Awards, it gave West the opportunity to once again behave like a cultural terrorist.
“And Beck needs to respect artistry, he should have given his award to Beyoncé.” – Kanye West
West was not pleased that Beck received the Grammy for Album of the Year over the favorite, Beyoncé, for her self-titled album. Prince was the presenter, and he made a pouty face when forced to call Beck’s name. Prince became the surrogate for the millions in Beyoncé’s army who feel that every music award on the planet is rightfully hers.
West walked onto the stage after Beck received the award in what looked to everyone like a replay of his Taylor Swift smack-down at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards. This time, West was only kidding. He turned around without saying a word and went back to his seat, grinning broadly, as the audience signed in relief and applauded his joke.
Prince’s unhappiness was mild compared to West’s verbal beheading of Beck during an interview after the televised program.
“I don’t even know what [Beck] said. I just know that, the Grammys, if they want real artists to keep coming back, they need to stop playing with us. We aren’t going to play with them no more. ‘Flawless.’ Beyoncé’s video. And Beck needs to respect artistry, he should have given his award to Beyoncé. 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 a different place. And then they do this promotional event, and they’ll run the music over somebody’s speech, the artist, because they want commercial advertising. We aren’t 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 why I didn’t say anything tonight [on stage], but you all knew what it meant when ‘Ye stepped on that stage.”
Apparently, it is a sin when artist not married to Jay-Z win accolades at the expense of Queen B. Heads must roll.
I suppose we should be grateful for small favors: Unlike ISIS (the Islamic State of Syria and Iraq), West leaves his victims alive, if just barely. Beck, cowed by West’s power and invincibility, said afterwards that he too thought Beyoncé would/should win.
As for me, Kanye, I’m “tired of it,” too.