Kanye West Does Damage Control After Post-Grammy Rant, Says He Will Collaborate With Taylor Swift
Kanye West walked back his post-Grammy rant about Beck and Beyoncé on Wednesday after Shirley Manson and John Legend spoke in defense of Beck.
Kanye West Post-Grammys: “Beck Needs To Respect Artistry”
Many were stunned Sunday night when Beck was awarded the top Grammy prize of Album of the Year for Morning Phase over Beyoncé’s self-titled album, and West looked like he was about to storm the stage, recreating his disastrous decision take the mic from Taylor Swift during the 2009 VMAs, but then decided against it and returned to his seat.
After the show, West explained, saying that Beck should have handed his Grammy over to Beyoncé. “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,” West ranted on E! News.
Shirley Manson Calls Out Kanye West
His comments were not well received, particularly by Shirley Manson, who dismissed West in a Facebook post on Monday. Manson did not go easy on West, calling out his own disrespectful attitude towards Beck, writing, “It is YOU who is so busy disrespecting artistry.”
“In attempting to reduce the importance of one great talent over another, you make a mockery of all musicians and music from every genre, including your own. Grow up and stop throwing your toys around,” Manson added.
John Legend, a longtime friend of West’s, also publicly disagreed with West’s after-show rant, though he did so more calmly, simply defending Beck as “a true artist’s artist.”
Kanye West: “Beck Is One Of The Nicest Guys”
In an interview with Ryan Seacrest, West explained his comments and insisted that he misspoke and had no intention of insulting Beck. “First of all, Beck is one of the nicest guys, and one of the most respected musicians in the game. So, it’s nothing that I would want to do, as a fellow musician, to disrespect him in any way,” West said.
He did, however, express disappointment that Beck had failed to recognize his fellow nominees in his acceptance speech, adding, “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. And that was the point I was making about it.”
West also claimed that the stunt was a joke – his attempt at making light of an awards show he might not believe in any more: “So the voices in my head told me go and then I just walked up like halfway up the stage. 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…So I just walked back down because, you know, it was kind of a joke like the Grammys themselves.”
Kanye West And Taylor Swift Working Together
Despite any negative press West’s stunt caused, the rapper has proven that he knows how to burry the hatchet. After being photographed smiling and laughing with Taylor Swift at the Grammys, West announced that he had plans to collaborate with the country-turned-pop star.
“She wants to get in the studio and we’re definitely going to go in. Any artist with an amazing point of view, perspective, fan base, I’m down to get in the studio and work,” West told Seacrest.
West even said he’d be more than willing to work with Beck if given the chance, adding, “I think that everyone loves music whether they love hip-hop, alternative, country, and if I could be involved in giving people any type of energy, advice in the studio, whether you’re Beyoncé, whether you’re Taylor Swift, whether you’re Jay Z, whether you’re Beck, whoever, and they can be reciprocal with that, I’d like to be involved with that.”
That wasn’t the only T Swift bombshell West dropped during his interview. He also revealed that after he walked off stage and let Beck give his acceptance speech, Swift herself was the first person to approach him and tell him that he should have gone through with it.
“Taylor Swift came up to me right afterwards, literally right afterwards, and tells me that I should have gone on stage,” West said, laughing, “This is the irony of my life.”