If you watched the Grammys last night, you saw Kanye almost pull a “Kanye” when artist Beck took the stage to accept his award for album of the year. But then, he thought better of it and returned to his seat. And it was pretty funny.
But in reality, he wasn’t joking.
He just chose to hold his opinion until the end of the evening. When Terrence J, Khloe Kardashian and Christina Milian interviewed Kanye after the show, for E News, he let them know how he really felt about Beck taking home the award.
“The Grammys, if they want real artists to keep coming back, they need to stop playing with us. We ain’t finna play with them no more! 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 everyday. And they listen to that Beyoncé album and they feel like it takes them to another place. Then they do this whole promotional event…you know they’ll run the music over somebody’s speech, the artist, because they want the commercial advertising. Like no, we’re not playing with them anymore.
And by the way I got my wife, my daughter and I got my clothing line. So I’m not finna to do nothing to put my daughter at risk but I am here to fight for creativity. That’s why I didn’t say nothing tonight. But y’all know what it meant when Ye walked on that stage.”
Listen, Kanye is known for going off the deep end. And speaking up at, what some might consider, inopportune times; but I’m going to have to agree with him, to some extent, with this one. I’m well aware that Beyoncé is not the only person to create music. And I know that Beck has been in the game for a long time, with over 13 albums. But she did something remarkable with the unexpected, unpromoted drop of her visual album, that just so happened to feature incredibly rich and diverse sounds. And that should have been rewarded last night.
Still, this is bigger than Beyoncé.
The Grammys often uses Black artists for ratings but recognition is another story. You’ll notice that the number of Black performances and performances of Black music have increased significantly over the years. They get these Black entertainers to perform and even host the show because they want us to watch and comment about the event. But when it comes to handing out those golden gramophones, our work and accomplishments are often overlooked. So Kanye definitely has a point. I’m just glad he didn’t ruin Beck’s moment by expressing said point, as he was accepting his award.
We all got the message anyway.
You can watch Ye’s full interview in the video below. And I have to mention that you should pay attention to the look on Kim Kardashian’s face as he’s speaking. Even she has no idea what’s going to come out of his mouth.