by Smith Callen | Top Right News
Kanye did it again.
Back in 2009, rapper Kanye West interrupted Taylor Swift’s acceptance speech during the VMA’s with his infamous, “Imma let you finish” shocker. West was upset with Swift’s win, saying the award should have gone to Beyoncé instead.
At last night’s Grammys, once again, a White performer was in his crosshairs.
and once again West was irate that Beyoncé did not win an award that he thought she should have. The award for Album of the Year went to Beck, for Morning Phase, and Kanye was pissed about it.
When Beck went to the microphone to accept his award, West leaped out of his seat and jumped onstage to grab the mic – then apparently thought better of it, after his wife Kim Kardashian yelled something at him.
The audience looked stunned, including Beyoncé’s husband, record producer and artist Jay-Z, as West jumped the stage.
But when West jumped back down they applauded, clearly thinking West was making a humorous reference to his 2009 dissing of Taylor Swift.
But Kayne was not joking. He was seriously pissed, and after the event, West was interviewed by E! News as his wife, Kim Kardashian, and others, nervously looked on. He explained why he believed that Beck was not deserving of the award, and unbelievably demanded that Beck himself give the award to Beyoncé:
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.
On Twitter, however, much of the focus was on the race of the two people he targeted as “not worthy” of recognition. Many people called West a “racist.”
— Defend Glenn (@DefendGlenn) February 9, 2015
They would be destroyed by the media and other artists.
For the record, Beck responded with class when asked by People about Kanye’s interruption and statement that he should have given his award to Beyoncé:
“You can’t please everybody. I still think he’s genius, and aspire to what he does. How many great records has he put out in the last five years, right?”
Class. Something West would recognize if it smacked him in the head.