Kanye West has said that Beck should “respect artistry” and give his Grammy Award to Beyoncé.
Beck collected two Grammys at last night’s ceremony, including the award for Best Album. As he went to collect the award from presenter Prince, he was followed onto the stage by West in a move similar to his infamous interruption of Taylor Swift at the 2009 MTV VMAs. West stopped short though and returned to his seat. See below.
Speaking to E! News (via The Hollywood Reporter) after the ceremony had ended, West explained why he had got up on the stage and argued that Beck’s award belonged to fellow nominee Beyoncé.
“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,” he said. “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,” he 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 Grammy Awards 2015 took place last night (February 8) in Los Angeles, hosted by LL Cool J. Check out the full list of winners here.