Kanye West was just kidding when he pretended to interrupt Beck on Sunday night at the 57th Annual Grammy Awards while the rock veteran was accepting the Album of the Year honor for his critically acclaimed mellow gold release Morning Phase. You see, because Beck beat out Beyoncé's equally acclaimed self-titled release, Kanye was a bit heated about the whole situation.
Kanye kept his cool, though, and went back to his seat as Jay Z, Bey and wife Kim Kardashian looked on in laughter (and maybe a bit of nervousness). But after the show? Oh, it was ON!
At least Kanye made nice with Taylor Swift, the last person he bum-rushed at an awards show. They were snapped mid-convo during the show, all smiles.
"The Grammys, if they want real artists to come back, they need to stop playing with us. We ain't gonna play with them no more. 'Flawless,' Beyoncé video, and Beck needs to respect artistry and he should have given his award to Beyoncé," Yeezy told E! News later in the night (after tearing their logo off his microphone).
"And at this point, we tired of it because what happens is, when you keep on diminishing art, and not respecting the craft, and smacking people in the face after they deliver monumental feats of music, you're disrespectful to inspiration. And we as musicians have to inspire people who go to work every day and they listen to that Beyoncé album, they feel like it takes them to another place, then they do this whole promotional event that, they'll run the music over somebody's speech, the artist, because they wanted commercial advertising."
Because he was there with Kim and baby North, 'Ye said he knew better than to try to really take the stage and put his baby at risk like he did in 2009 when he interrupted Swift at the MTV Video Music Awards to argue for Queen Bey's supremacy. "But I am here to fight for creativity," he said. "That's the reason I didn't say anything tonight. But y'all know what it meant when 'Ye walks on that stage."
Beck Takes The Beating Like A Boss
With his shy smile, Beck laughed off the Kanye rush and even invited the rapper up on stage to keep him company at one point. Though it was quickly edited, according to E! Beck's Wikepedia page was reportedly hacked soon after his win by what we can probably assume were buzzing members of the Beyhive that called him a "stealer" of the Best Album award.
"He is the stealer of The Album of the Year award," the page read after the show, noting that he took it from "Beyoncé Knowles, the Queen of the World."
Backstage after his win, even Beck had to admit he was surprised that Bey didn't beat him out. "I was so excited he [West] was coming up! He deserves to be on that stage," he told reporters according to People magazine. "Absolutely I thought she was going to win."
And, because he's that kind of guy, Beck said he wasn't bothered by his Yeezus moment at all. "You can't please everybody. I still love him and think he's genius," he said of West. "I aspire to what he does. How many great records has he put out in the last five years, right?"