Beck was not the odds-on artist to win the award, and even he was surprised to hear his name called, with his “Morning Phase” album beating out the night’s top winner, Sam Smith, and the expected Album of the Year winner, Beyoncé.
As Beck approached the microphone to accept his award, West rushed him as if he would steal the award from his hands. Appearing on the E! network’s aftershow, West said, “I just know that the Grammys, if they want real artists to keep coming back, they need to stop playing with us. We ain’t gonna play with them no more. And Beck needs to respect artistry and he should’ve given his award to Beyoncé.
“Because 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,” West continued. “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.”
The incident was reminiscent of the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards, when West accosted Taylor Swift during her acceptance speech after Swift’s “You Belong With Me” beat Beyoncé’s “Single Ladies” for Female Video of the Year.
“Yo, Taylor, I’m really happy for you, I’ma let you finish,” West said after taking the microphone at Radio City Music Hall, “but Beyoncé had one of the best videos of all time! One of the best videos of all time!”
Kanye West appears to be a product of the current “Blacks are entitled regardless of merit” movement that has overtaken our nation. With Barack Obama in the White House and Eric Holder heading the nation’s Justice Department, there are obviously those of the opinion that intelligence, talent and ability take a distant back seat to skin color. Kanye West, like most of the current affirmative action beneficiaries, should be placed on the “Do Not Invite Next Year” list.