Remember in 2009, when Kanye West got himself in a shitload of trouble for rushing the stage during Taylor Swift‘s VMA acceptance speech? He pulled the same bullshit again at the 2015 Grammys, but in a jokey way, so it was totally hilarious instead of completely inappropriate, right?!
Beck won the coveted Album of the Year award at last night’s ceremony, beating out Kanye’s beloved Beyonce (the woman he wishes he was with instead of Kim but never had a chance). Agree or disagree with this result, most people – including, you know, the actual nominees – handled their loss with some amount of grace and police clapping. Kanye, who let’s be clear was NOT nominated in this category, rushed the stage to protest before quickly running offstage to uproarious laughter from the audience (and abject horror from Bey and Jay-Z):
Huh. Well yes, ha ha, that’s all very funny. Kanye’s learned from his mistakes! He has a sense of humour! All is well in the world, right?
Well, no, because after the broadcast ended, Kanye headed over to talk to correspondents at E!, where he tore their logo off the mic and went on a long-winded rant about how awful the Grammys are because giving Beck that Album of the Year award means that creativity isn’t being celebrated (because, you know, only Beyonce and Kanye and Jay-Z can be creative in the world) and yada yada.
“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.”
I think Kim’s face says it all, here: