West says he liked Beck's song when it played during dinner with Taylor Swift
Kanye West has apologised to Beck and Bruno Mars on Twitter following a revealing interview with BBC Radio 1’s Zane Lowe.
West took to Twitter to first issue a public apology to Beck following an incident at this year’s Grammy Awards on February 8. Beck took home the prize for Best Album, but Kanye followed him to the stage in reference to his infamous interruption of Taylor Swift’s acceptance speech at the 2009 MTV VMAs. West did not interrupt Beck’s acceptance, but later said that the award should have gone to fellow nominee Beyoncé and that Beck should “respect artistry” and hand the award over to her.
Asked about the incident by Lowe, West said: “Yeah, I misconstrued [the situation], but I think everybody has the right to an opinion, everybody has a right to be wrong… I expressed my opinion and I take the weight of it.”
He also repeated a story about hearing Beck’s music after the awards and having a change of heart: “As I was ironically having dinner with Taylor Swift, the Beck song starts playing and I was like, ‘Wow, this is really good, maybe I might have been wrong.’”
Speaking about the event itself, West said: “I hadn’t been in six years and the Grammys are definitely like an ex-girlfriend. As soon as you get in a car with them, you want to go right back home.”
After the interview was broadcast, West tweeted: “I would like to publicly apologise to Beck, I’m sorry Beck.”
He followed that up by apologising to Bruno Mars, and issuing an offer of a collaboration. “I used to hate on him but I really respect what he does as an artist,” he wrote.
I would like to publicly apologize to Beck, I’m sorry Beck.
— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) February 26, 2015
West broke town in tears at one point during Lowe’s interview, which was broadcast on BBC Radio 1 on February 26, and is available to watch on BBC iPlayer for viewers in the UK. The rapper was talking about Louise Wilson, a British professor of fashion design at Central St Martins college in London, who passed away last year, when he succumbed to his emotions.
“I went to Louise Wilson’s memorial, the greatest fashion instructor of all time. Louise Wilson was the baddest professor of all time of any fashion school ever, notorious for not letting people stop at a 7 or an 8, pushing people to a 12,” said West, before recalling the last time he saw her, at dinner in London. “I didn’t know we were going to lose her,” he said before weeping on air. “That’s never happened to me in an interview before,” he explained after.