This weekend, Kanye West jokingly “stormed the stage” at the Grammys to take a winning moment away from Beck. And now the rapper has attempted to explain the hard feelings and why he feels Beyonce is the superior artist.
To recap: Beck walked towards the Grammys stage to accept the Album of the Year award as presented by Prince. Right behind him was Kanye. To the horror of Beyonce and Jay Z who were watching from the audience.
…assuming Kanye would ruin the moment like he did to Taylor Swift at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards (Kanye and Taylor have since made up and reportedly decided to record music together).
It’s a few days later and people are still talking about it. Kanye has tried to explain why he did what he did.
“You know, I felt like just the whole Grammys, right when that happened, everybody was looking at me and then people started screaming, ‘Kanye! Kanye! Go do it!’” the rapper, 37, told Ryan Seacrest on Wednesday.
“OK, that didn’t really happen, these were voices in my head. So the voices in my head told me go and then I just walked up like halfway up the stage.”
During a longer rant, Kanye accused Beck (who plays 14 instruments) of not being a real artist compared to Beyonce (who has been accused of stealing songwriting credits, stealing choreography, stealing whole performance and music video concepts, and who uses multiple writers per song).
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, they’ll run the music over somebody’s speech, the artist, because they wanted commercial advertising.
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.