Published Feb 09, 2015Last night (February 8), when Beck won the Grammy Award for Album of the Year for Morning Phase, professional shit-stirrer Kanye West briefly stormed the stage during the subsequent speech. Yeezy left without saying anything, but he has since explained the incident, saying that Beck should hand over his award to Beyoncé.
"The Grammys, if they want real artists to keep coming back, they need to stop playing with us," West told E! "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 their 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."
It's a little surprising that 'Ye holds the Grammys (or award shows in general) up to such a high standard of excellence. Remember that, back in 2009, he snatched the mic from Taylor Swift in a very awkward moment at the VMAs. So why didn't he take the mic last night?
"I got my wife, my daughter and I got 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," he said. "That's the reason why I didn't say anything tonight. But you all know what it meant when 'Ye walked on the stage."
Watch the interview below, plus see a Vine of the latest stage-storming..
Beck, for his part, handled it classily. After Kanye left, Beck jokingly asked him to come back and told him he needed help with the speech. And in a subsequent interview with Us Weekly, Beck praised West's music and even agreed with him about the Beyoncé point. "I thought she was going to win," he said. "Come on, she's Beyoncé!"