Kanye’s Grammy Awards Deja Vu

Beck still thinks Kanye is a genius after the rapper’s faux-interruption at the Grammys and his post-show “artistry” tantrum.

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Walking on stage at Sunday’s Grammy Awards to pretend to interrupt Beck’s acceptance speech for Album of the Year wasn’t enough for Kanye West. He also had to talk to the press about how Beck should have given his award to Beyoncé.

Can anyone say déjà vu to the 2009 VMAs? Of course we’re talking about that infamous moment in which Kanye grabbed Taylor Swift’s microphone to complain that Beyoncé should have taken the prize for best female video.  

“I just know that the Grammys, if they want real artists to keep coming back they need to stop playing with us,” Kanye told E! News. “We ain’t going to 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’re tired of it. Because what happens is if 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 and they feel like it takes them to another place.”

The rapper complained about the Grammys playing music over winners’ speeches before explaining why he didn’t interrupt Beck.

“I got my wife, I got 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. That’s the reason why I didn’t say anything tonight but ya’ll knew what it meant when Ye walked on that stage.”

As for Beck, he wasn’t fazed by Kanye’s antics on stage. He told US Weekly, “I was just so excited he was coming up. He deserves to be on stage as much as anybody. How many great records has he put out in the last five years right?”

Beck says he’s also not bothered by Kanye’s “artistry” talk.

“You can’t please everybody, man. I still love him and think he’s genius. I aspire to do what he does.”