At last night’s 57th Annual Grammy Awards, Beck’s album Morning Phase won Album of the Year, beating out Beyonce’s self-titled album, released as a surprise last year. After the announcement, outspoken rapper Kanye West rushed the stage, in what looked very similar to his interruption of Taylor Swift’s acceptance speech back a the 2009 VMAs.
Check out Kanye’s antics below:
The best part? Jay Z and Beyonce’s reactions of horror and Queen Bey yelling out, “No, Kanye no!” West did let Beck finish, turning away from the stage, having provided nothing but comic relief (or so we thought).
Though he didn’t interrupt Beck’s acceptance speech, Kanye said in an interview with E! it wasn’t because he thought Beck should win:
“I don’t know what he said, all I know is if the Grammys 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. 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, they’ll run the music over somebody’s speech, the artist, because they want commercial advertising. Like, no, we not playing with them no more. By the way, I got my wife, my daughter and 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 you all know what it meant when ‘Ye walks on the stage.”
As for Beck, he maintained his dignity, responding to Us Weekly about West’s barging on stage: “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?” He even agreed with Kanye and added, “I thought she was going to win. Come on, she’s Beyoncé!” The graceful winner concluded with, “You can’t please everybody, man. I still love him and think he’s genius. I aspire to do what he does.”