After Beck’s big Grammy win of Album of the Year, Kanye was right there with him, rushing the stage and seemingly using Beck to make a “joke” out of his past “Imma let you speak” incident with Taylor Swift. Not only was the audience’s immediate reaction one of shock, but the aftermath was nervous laughter and an awkward relief that Kanye was “joking”.
Only Kanye wasn’t joking. “If they want real artists to keep coming back, they need to stop playing with us. Beck needs to respect artistry, and he should have given his award to Beyoncé,” said Kanye West to E! at their Grammy after-party. Um, sorry, but, huh? You want Beck to give his award to Beyonce? Kanye, there is other music outside of hip-hop culture.
Looks like Kanye has some self-educating to do if he thinks that Beck was undeserving of the award for not being a “real artist”. Beck’s album, Morning Phase, was self written and produced entirely at his home studio. A well-known singer/songwriter/guitarist, Beck is a gifted music prodigy who plays 14 instruments. Morning Phase is Beck’s twelfth album and he was nominated in five Grammy categories, winning Best Rock Album as well as Album of the Year.
Beyonce’s self titled album sold over 2 million copies (compared to Beck’s 300,000) and had tremendous commercial success. So, the argument could be made that Beyonce deserved the Grammy due to the social impact of Beyonce.
The Grammys are decided by the members of the National Academy of Arts and Sciences. They voted and Beck won. The alt-rock icon wasn’t offended by Kanye, and said “I thought she was going to win. Come on, she’s Beyonce! . . . You can’t please everybody, man. I still love [West] and think he’s genius. I aspire to do what he does.”
Well said, Beck.