In an interesting turn of events, Kanye West has decided to speak out a little more about the verbal shot he took at Beck when he said the 44-year-old musician should give his Grammy to Beyonce out of “respect” for her “artistry.”
West says he misspoke or was misunderstood and that he respects Beck as a musician, but then goes on to say that his words were like “a little jolt of truth.”
“Beck is one of the nicest guys and one of the most respected musicians in the game. So, there’s nothing that I will want to do as a fellow musician to disrespect him in any way. And the weird thing is like, and I don’t feel like I have the right to take away from people’s moments, but the reality of it is, and case in point by who came up to me right afterwards, is it’s almost like a chiropractor. You know, you just get a little crook out like, ‘Wow, this crook has been there!’ It’s just a little jolt of truth, right?”
If you’re not sure you follow his train of thought, you aren’t alone. When asked to further clarify how he thought his comments about Beck may have been helpful or a “just a little jolt of truth,” West was quick with an answer, hinting that perhaps it was a publicity stunt.
“Everyone feels better after the fact, or everyone is way more famous after the fact, or everyone sells way more albums after the fact, and then Kanye just goes on being an a****** to everyone.”
His explanations came after some respected musicians, including John Legend, were unhappy with his seemingly disrespectful comment about Beck.
Even Beyoncé herself seemed horrified and said “Kanye, no!” Her husband Jay-Z stood shaking his head as Kanye took to the stage for the second time in his life, seemingly to trounce the winner of a musical award. It was reminiscent of the last time Kanye West rudely inserted himself into an awards show, namely his infamous interruption of Taylor Swift at the 2009 VMAs, when she was much younger and inexperienced, that the shocked audience froze in disbelief. Although West actually said nothing at the time of the award that was disparaging about Beck, he did so in an interview afterward.
“Beck needs to respect artistry. He should have given his award to Beyoncé. At this point, we tired of it.”
While it’s unclear as to who the “we” are, Kim Kardashian apparently didn’t know who Beck was, as she could be seen turning to West and saying “Who?” during the Grammys when Beck was announced as the winner.
Beck, who reportedly plays over a dozen musical instrumentals and wrote and produced every song on his album, seemed cordial and a little amused about the rudeness that has become typical of Kanye West. He graciously called West a musical genius and said that he himself thought that Beyonce would win the award.
The public seems to be growing very tired of West’s antics as they took to social media to complain. President Obama reportedly called West a “jacka**” after his 2009 incident with Taylor Swift, and Al Roker was clear about his disdain after the current incident on the Today show.
Although there’s little doubt that his statements are rude, both times they have been made because he was angry that the same musician didn’t get the award. He might be crude and a self-proclaimed “a*****,” but it’s certainly evident that he likes Beyoncé.
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