Beyoncé is an independent woman. We all know this because she sang a song with Destiny's Child saying as much (also, just look at her empire). As such, she doesn't need anyone to fight her battles for her -- which is part of the reason why Garbage's Shirley Manson took to Facebook to speak out against Kanye West's actions and comments at the 57th Annual Grammy Awards ceremony.
"I am pretty certain Beyoncé doesn't need you fighting any battles on her account. Seems like she's got everything covered perfectly well on her own," Manson wrote in a postscript to an open letter on Facebook addressing an interview West gave to E! News in which he said Beck should give his Album of the Year Grammy for Morning Phase to Bey.
The rest of the letter reads:
It is YOU who is so busy disrespecting artistry.
You disrespect your own remarkable talents and more importantly you disrespect the talent, hard work and tenacity of all artists when you go so rudely and savagely after such an accomplished and humble artist like BECK.
You make yourself look small and petty and spoilt.
In attempting to reduce the importance of one great talent over another, you make a mockery of all musicians and music from every genre, including your own.
Grow up and stop throwing your toys around.
You are making yourself look like a complete tw-t.
For those who missed the fireworks, after pretending to interrupt -- or actually interrupting -- Beck's acceptance speech, Kanye went off during a post-show interview, declaring, "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."
Beck responded graciously to Ye's comments, telling US Weekly, "I thought she was going to win [too]. Come on, she's Beyoncé! . . . You can't please everybody, man. I still love [West] and think he's genius. I aspire to do what he does."
West backed off his comments (a bit) on Monday, according to TMZ. "No, I wasn't saying Beck [needs to respect artists] I was saying the Grammys," 'Ye explained. "Beck know that Beyoncé should have won." As for whether he'd ever heard of Beck before Sunday night, Yeezus said, "C'mon, man... I love Beck, but he ain't have Album of the Year."
What do you think of West's comments -- and Manson's reaction? Did Kanye have a point? Or did he go too far this time?