Last night at the Grammys, Kanye West almost took the microphone yet again when album of the year was announced. A majority of people watching figured West was kidding and laughed it off.
In an interview after the Grammys, West made it apparent that he was unaware of the fact that Beck had been performing for a couple of decades. At first it looked like Kanye West was mocking himself for his interruption of Taylor Swift, but his ignorant dialogue made it clear that he once again was out of line.
I just know that the Grammys, if they want real artists to keep coming 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 and 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 want a commercial advertising. Like 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 going to do nothing to 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 y’all know what it meant when ‘Ye walked on the stage.
UPDATE: 2/9/15 1:00PM(EDT)
“I was just so excited he was coming up, He deserves to be on stage as much as anybody … How many great records has he put out in the last five years, right? You can’t please everybody, man. You can’t please everybody, man. I still love him and think he’s genius. I aspire to do what he does.”