How Kanye West Addresses Grammy Controversy

On Sunday night, Kanye West nearly crashed the
stage when Beck won Album of the Year over
Beyoncé at the 57th Annual Grammy Awards.
Three days after his infamous stunt, Yeezus called
into Ryan Seacrest to address the controversy.
“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!’” he said, adding, “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.”
But he decided to return to his seat and let Beck
enjoy his moment. “You know, what I really
wanted to do is just joke around about what had
happened before, but I just really didn’t want to
take away from Beck’s moment or the time he’s
having to talk because you know the Grammys,
they play music really quick no matter who you
are and everything. So I didn’t want anything to
take away from his screen time. So I just walked
back down because you know, it was kind of a
joke like the Grammys themselves.”
“When I said that thing about respect artistry, I
think it came off the wrong way and that was a
mis-wording on my part.” —@kanyewest
— On Air/Ryan Seacrest (@OnAirWithRyan)
February 11, 2015
“Obviously @Beck is one of the most respected
artists, and respects artistry.” —@kanyewest
— On Air/Ryan Seacrest (@OnAirWithRyan)
February 11, 2015
While his actions may say otherwise, he insists
that he has respect for Beck. “Beck is one of the
nicest guys and one of the most respected
musicians in the game. So, there’s nothing that I
will want to do as a fellow musician to disrespect
him in any way. And the weird thing is like, and I
don’t feel like I have the right to take away from
people’s moments, but the reality of it is—and
case in point by who came up to me right
afterwards—is it’s almost like a chiropractor. You
know, you just get a little crook out like, ‘Wow,
this crook has been there!’ It’s just a little jolt of
truth, right? And then you know, everyone feels
better after the fact, or everyone is way more
famous after the fact, or everyone sells way more
albums after the fact, and then Kanye just goes
on being an asshole to everyone.”
During a post-Grammy interview on E!, ‘Ye
blasted Beck, saying, “Beck needs to respect
artistry and he should have given his award to
Beyoncé, and at this point, we tired of it.” But he
regrets his choice of words.
“I think it came off the wrong way, and that was
a miswording on my part because obviously Beck
is one the most respected artists and respects
artistry,” he told Seacrest. “But I felt—and this is
my opinion and he’s his own man and he’s not
wrong and we’ll still go play basketball and stuff
[unless] he doesn’t want to do it—but I felt that
even though the Grammys some times gives
awards to people who you wouldn’t think should
win in the category, as a respect to artists, we
mention the other artist’s name in our speech.”
He pointed to himself as an example. “There’s like
many of times I gave other people my award,
literally made them come up onstage. Maroon 5,
when they won Best New Artist, [Adam Levine]
mentioned me because it was The College
Dropout and [it had] 10 nominations and all
While he may have felt compelled to defend
Beyoncé, he understands why she wouldn’t crash
the stage. “I believe she didn’t move and run to
the stage because she’s a respectful individual.
But because she is so successful, a lot of times,
success disables your ability to communicate
exactly what the f**k you want to say!”

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