“Beck needs to respect artistry and he should have given his award to Beyoncé, and at this point, we tired of it!”

Kanye West almost had another Taylor Swift moment last night at the Grammys. After the award for Grammy for Album of the Year was given to indie artist Beck over Beyoncé, West began to storm the stage to disrupt Beck during his acceptance speech — but changed his mind.

West explained his issue with Beck’s win after the show and warned the Grammys to stop playing with real artist because they ‘ain’t gonna play with them no more.’

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. ‘Flawless,’ Beyoncé video. 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 their face after they deliver monumental feats of music, you’re disrespectful to inspiration.

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. Then they [the show’s producers] do this whole promotional event, they’ll run the music over somebody’s speech, the artist, because they want commercial advertising. Like, no, we not playing with them no more. By the way, I got my wife, my daughter and my clothing line, so I’m not going to do nothing to put my daughter at risk but I am here to fight for creativity. That’s the reason why I didn’t say anything tonight. But you all know what it meant when ‘Ye walks on the stage.

Beck responded to West’s comments and said he ‘thought Beyoncé was going to win.’ The indie artist also went on to praise West.

“Absolutely I thought [Beyoncé] was going to win.” “You can’t please everybody. I still love him and think he’s genius,” Beck said of West. “I aspire to what he does. How many great records has he put out in the last five years, right?”

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  • Art is diverse. Kanye West’s words represent the debate going on in our society. Kanye West should have not come on the stage to nearly interrupt Beck. People know the truth. Individuals know about the double standards in the music industry and people know about how the power structure exploits the creativity of artists all of the time. In the final analysis, Kanye West should not participate in such antics that won’t generate real, lasting social change. He just needs to go back to basics and speak out against police terrorism. He can set up institutions to address the New Jim Crow. He can go out in public and talk about economic inequality and talk about ways to fight it. He can use his voice to speak up about real issues instead of following distractions.

    It is ironic that he talks about creativity, but he wants to get validation from a system that doesn’t respect him as a man. We are never free by seeking validation from a corrupt system. We are free by standing up for ourselves and fighting for our freedom. He might as well just go all out and just call for revolutionary change in society where black people can be liberated as human beings. We, as black people, have the revolutionary spirit. Kanye West should go out and just speak the truth without the contradictions (that is found in his ideologies) and without the superficial antics that he has done.

    • Anthony

      Sis, you are talking about revolution. A revolutionary would not play footsy with French fashion designers by day and bend Kim Kardashian over at night. He is mad because he has not been accepted fully by the system. He does not really want to change the system.

      I will confess that other than the Gold Digger tune, I never listened to his music. I would have a hard time believing this man ever had anything to say if it weren’t for the fact that folks who I know are smart vouched for his early work.

      As someone in academia, I just wonder if he isn’t suffering from some of the inherent contradictions of being exposed to progressive ideas in a conservative environment. In other words, academics can talk all kinds of revolution while living very bourgeois lives. Revolution can become performance art if they are not careful. I kind of wonder if his Mom had not fallen into that trap before she died, and when she went, his mooring in the work a day world collapsed. I am thinking he may have been much closer to the “Baby Boy” stereotype than I realized. If that is the case, than as a Clutchette said earlier, he is LOST.

    • I am a Brother. I understand your point. Hopefully, he can wake up in the future.

    • Anthony

      Excuse me please, for getting your gender wrong.

    • That’s fine Brother.

    • Michelle

      Anthony, he acts like an “Ankh Ni**a”, in my opinion.


    KanYe is a legitimate jackass.

  • Michelle

    One of the things that makes me loathe Kanye’s character is his appearance of ingenuity, when he speaks about a social ill. Kanye West only wants to speak about institutional racism/classism/sexism/colorism, when he is a victim of it. Not before or
    So, when he speaks about racism in the fashion industry, it is only because this big headed mofo can’t sit at their table. When he speaks about the Recording Academy’s tunnel vision, he is only speaking about it now because his friend didn’t get an award. I haven’t heard this moron speak about sexism until it wasn’t until his wife was being bombarded with “She’s a h*e!” insults.
    I know that Kanye is not the only person who falls victim to the “…Until it happens to you” phenomenom. Everybody falls victim to it, including myself. But unlike Mr. West, we don’t have that grand stage, that platform, to get our points across.

  • Chazz A

    I can’t respect Kanye’s position on anything because his antics are nothing more than, self-absorbed temper tantrums. All of the “pandering” for attention makes him appear foolish and weak. If Kanye would direct that passion and energy he has towards issues relevant to the black community, such as our young black brothers being gunned down by cops or the gang violence that plagues Chicago (his hometown), maybe he would be taken more seriously.