Kanye West Warns The Grammy’s That If True Artistry Isn’t Honored, He & Others Will Withdraw (Video)
Last night (February 8), the 57th annual Grammy Awards were held at Los Angeles, California’s Staples Center. Kanye West was among performers, as well as nominees. The Def Jam Records superstar joined Rihanna and Paul McCartney on stage to perform “FourFiveSeconds,” following a touching delivery of his “Only One” earlier in the gala.
Although West was not nominated for “Album Of The Year” honors, the superstar took to the stage when Beck was announced as win (over Beyonce’s self-titled album) for his Morning Phase release. Possibly as a joke, making light of his 2009 MTV Music Awards stage antic following Taylor Swift’s win over Beyonce, West smiled at Beck, the crowd, and cameras. Beck, a veteran of more than 20 years of music-making, urged ‘Ye to take the microphone, an offer that was not accepted.
Following the night’s awards, Kanye West spoke to E!, and suggested more than a humorous perspective regarding the night’s highest honor:
“If they want real artists to keep coming back, they need to stop playing with us,” West said.” “Flawless Beyoncé video, and Beck needs to respect artistry and he should have given his award to Beyoncé,” he added, presumably referring to Beyonce’s self-titled song, “Flawless,” while Beck assumed album praise. One year removed from Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ upsetting win—to some—Kanye continued, “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. It’s disrespectful to inspiration. And we as musicians have to inspire people who go to work everyday, and listen to Beyoncé and they feel like it takes them to another place. Then they do this whole promotional event, and they’ll run the music over somebody’s speech, an artist, because they want a commercial advertising. No, we not playing with them no more. And by the way, I got my wife, I got my daughter, and 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 you all knew what it meant when ‘Ye stepped on that stage.”
Last year, West performed as did Kendrick Lamar—while neither artist won an award in the February, 2014 affair.
Kanye West has won 21 Grammy Awards throughout his career. 2014 award winners included Eminem (“Best Rap Album”), Pharrell (“Best Music Video,” “Best Urban Contemporary Album,” Beyonce and Jay Z (“Best R&B Collaboration”, “Best Surround Sound Album”), among others.
For what it’s worth, take a listen to one of Beck’s album singles, “Heart Is A Drum.”
Does Kanye have good reason to be angry?