Rapper Kanye West is definitely not known for biting his tongue.
To say that the “Only One” rapper is blunt would be a major understatement.
West made headlines once again during the Grammy ceremony on Sunday night when he silently interrupted Beck during his acceptance speech for the “Album of the Year” award.
In an interview with Ryan Seacrest on Wednesday, the 37-year-old husband and father had a chance to open up about why he decided to step on stage in the first place.
“You know, I felt like just the whole Grammys, right when that happened, everybody was looking at me, and then people started screaming, ‘Kanye! Kanye! Go do it!'”
Kanye West was referring his infamous interruption back in 2009 at the MTV Video Music Awards. That was when West interrupted Taylor Swift as she accepted her first award for “Best Female Video.”
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Kanye made his return to the Grammys for the first time in six years on Sunday night and even performed alongside Rihanna and Paul McCartney. However, he admitted to Ryan Seacrest during his KIIS FM radio show that the people who started screaming for him to interrupt Beck were not really “people” after all.
“Okay, that didn’t really happen. These were voices in my head. So the voices in my head told me to go up, and then I just walked up, like, halfway up the stage.”
Us Weekly reports that Kanye was obviously joking and used a funny quip about the “voices.” West even stated during the interview that he honestly just wanted to interrupt Beck as a joke to make light of what he did to Taylor Swift at the MTV VMAs.
“What I really wanted to do is just joke around with what had happened before… but I just really didn’t want to take away from Beck’s moment or the time he’s having to talk.”
Kanye then explained that the Grammys seem to play music quickly no matter who is on stage speaking, so he did not want Beck to lose any “screen time” — which is why he did not say anything on the microphone. However, Kanye did not hesitate to publicly share his feelings after the ceremony, commenting that the Grammys were being “disrespectful to inspiration.”
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West found a clever way to take another quick jab at the Grammys during his interview with Ryan Seacrest as well.
“I just walked back down because, you know, it was kind of a joke, like the Grammys themselves.”
Later in the interview, Kanye West also stated that his comments about Beck not respecting artistry were clearly not the best way of getting his point across. West called Beck “one of the most respected artists,” so he obviously respects artistry.
However, Kanye feels that artists should modify their acceptance speeches if other artists deserve the awards more than them.
“Even though the Grammys sometimes give awards to people who you wouldn’t think should win in the category, as a respect to artists, we mention the other artist’s name in our speech.”
Another surprise that was revealed during the interview was the announcement of a future song collaboration between Kanye and Taylor Swift.
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