Kanye West is not backing down from the wave of criticism that he has been getting these past few days after he pulled a stunt during the Grammy Awards. In an exclusive interview on Ryan Seacrest’s radio program, the outspoken rapper talked about how his planned interruption during Beck’s acceptance speech was “a joke—like the Grammys themselves.”
The “Through the Wire” singer was well aware of the controversy that surrounded him when he interrupted Taylor Swift’s acceptance speech during the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards.
“The voices in my head told me go, and then I just walked up halfway up the stage,” West recalled.
“I just didn’t really want to take away from Beck’s moment, or the time he’s having to talk.”
He described Beck as one of the most respected musicians in the game.
“There’s nothing that I will want to do as a fellow musician to disrespect him in any way.”
West also clarified his previous statement after the Grammys where he requested Beck to give the award to Beyoncé.
“I think it came off the wrong way, and that was a miswording on my part,” he explained. West clarified that he was just mad because he wanted Beck to mention Beyoncé’s name during his speech. “There’s like many of times I gave other people my award, literally made them come up onstage.”
His interview seemed like a way for him to address the massive backlash that he encountered because of the recent debacle. Garbage singer Shirley Manson wrote an open letter saying that West was the one who disrespected artistry. Manson claimed how his “joke” made the rapper look “small and petty and spoilt.”
The Doobie Brothers’ Michael McDonald said that the problem with West is that he lacked talent.
“When Kanye gets to a point where he can actually put a couple of notes together either vocally or two bars of valid music playing an instrument, then he might have a right to criticize somebody else,” McDonald said. “Until then, I think he’s just talking to hear the sound of his own voice.”
The New England Patriots‘ Brandon Browner even called West a ‘sucka!’
West had missed the Grammy Awards for six years until the event last Sunday. He has always been critical about the voting system and he said that he plans to boycott the awards show until they fix the system.
“I feel like [the Grammys] divorce from us every year, every year,” he said.
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