While it was no surprise that Kanye West found it hard to control his ego at the Grammy 2015 Awards over the weekend, ridiculing Beck for winning best album over his friend Beyonce, some responses to the rapper have been surprising.
For example, the lead singer of Garbage, Shirley Manson, was among a number of artists who spoke out against West for his antics at the Grammys. posting an open letter to him, who she refers to as a “complete tw*t,” on her Facebook page.
The tongue-in-cheek open letter to Kanye from Shirley, read in full,
Dear Kanye West,
It is YOU who is so busy disrespecting artistry.
You disrespect your own remarkable talents and more importantly you disrespect the talent, hard work and tenacity of all artists when you go so rudely and savagely after such an accomplished and humble artist like BECK.
You make yourself look small and petty and spoilt.
In attempting to reduce the importance of one great talent over another, you make a mockery of all musicians and music from every genre, including your own.
Grow up and stop throwing your toys around.
You are making yourself look like a complete twat.
Ps.I am pretty certain Beyonce doesn’t need you fighting any battles on her account. Seems like she’s got everything covered perfectly well on her own.
Following the 57th Grammy Award, Kanye West made it clear that when he nearly interrupted Beck on stage during their acceptance speech for their award, he had intended to announce on the microphone that Beyonce should have won best album over them.
But Beck seems to have taken the Kanye West incident in stride, as he told reporters after the show, “I was just so excited he was coming up. He deserves to be onstage as much as anybody. How many great records has he put out in the last five years, right?”
Nevertheless, Kanye maintains that Beck was the one who didn’t “respect artistry” as he should have given his award to Beyonce.
When it came to Kanye West’s response, Beck ate some more humble pie, saying, “You can’t please everybody, man. I still love him and think he’s genius. I aspire to do what he does.”