Will Young criticises ‘awful’ Kanye West: ‘Who is this man? And why do we laud these people?’

Former 'Pop Idol' winner says he refused to watch rapper's headline set at Glastonbury in June

Will Young has launched a scathing attack on Kanye West, branding the rapper “awful” and saying he refuses to listen to his music or see him perform live.

Young, who went to Number One with new album ‘85% Proof’ earlier this year, made his feelings clear in a new interview with BBC News in which he was asked to select his five favourite albums of all time.

The singer chose albums by The Beatles, Lauryn Hill, Emiliana Torrini, Terrence Trent D’Arby and Michael Jackson but reserved his strongest opinions when asked about his least favourite album of all time. Opting for “anything by Kanye West”, Young attacked him for being “audacious and opulent”.

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“I was at Glastonbury and I refused to see him,” Young said. “He’s awful. What does he stand for? His arrogance completely over-runs him as a musician. He’s so audacious and opulent. It shows the worst of people who have loads of money. Massive weddings, opulent engagements. Who is this man? And why do we laud these people?”

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He added: “I’m not interested in arrogance. It’s just a cover. Get rid of the arrogance and show me the frailty. I won’t listen to his music.”

This week has already seen 50,000 people sign a petition to get West dropped from performing at the closing ceremony of the Pan Am Games in Toronto later this month (July).

Organisers of the Pan Am Games, which takes place every four years, recently announced that the rapper would close the event on July 26. However, music fans in the city are upset that a local artist has not been asked to perform at the ceremony.

The petition calling for West to be dropped from the bill reads: “The Toronto Pan Am games have proven to be very important for Torontonians this year and have triggered a unified sense of pride in our city. It would only be just to ask a proud Torontonian (or even a Canadian for that matter) in the music industry to perform, such as Drake, Walk Off The Earth, Feist, Metric, Shania Twain, deadmau5, Crystal Castles, Zeds Dead, The Weeknd, Peaches, K’naan, and many many more!”

This petition follows a similar effort, signed by over 150,000 people, to get West dropped from headlining Glastonbury Festival in June. That petition was unsuccessful with the rapper playing to a huge crowd on the Saturday night of the festival.