Kanye — contrary to what you may think, you are not the center of the universe. You are not the world’s only artist or only critic. And you have no business telling other musicians that they don’t deserve to win awards.
Kanye West — I’d start this post by asking, “Who do you think you are?” after you ran up onto the Grammys stage last night, Feb. 8, and then dissed Beck, who won Album of the Year. But there would really be no point in asking you that question.
Kanye West Insulting Beck & Other Artists At Grammys: He Needs To Shut Up
You already think you’re Yeezus and a genius, and that the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences, which presents the Grammys, doesn’t know how to treat “real artists”.
You said this yourself in a post-Grammys video interview at the E! after party.
“If they want real artists to keep coming back, they need to stop playing with us. We ain’t going to play with them no more. “Flawless,” Beyonce’s video and Beck needs to respect artistry and he should have given his award to Beyonce. And, at this point, we tired of it. Because what happens is that when you keep on diminishing art and not respecting the craft and smacking people in the face …”
So Kanye — you believe that Beyonce was robbed of her highly deserved Album of the Year award, which instead was given to Beck, and that he should have immediately seen the light and presented it to Beyonce instead.
Kanye, you have been in Hollywood for too long and have been too rich and too admired for too long.
You have beyond lost perspective on your value in and to the world.
You have also completely lost any semblance of manners.
Some would put it more succinctly — you have lost your mind.
Kanye — you are not the sole arbiter of who is an artist and whose music is of higher quality than someone else’s.
What makes you think that you have the right to keep climbing up on award show stages and trying to take the awards away from winners who were voted to receive honors by hundreds of their peers?
You were universally condemned and even President Obama called you a “jackass”.
And as for Taylor Swift, 25 — you may not have deemed her worthy, but her success has been her best revenge.
She just racked up the biggest-selling album of 2014, 1989, with 3.66 million copies sold.
Let me add that 1989 was universally critically acclaimed — but that wouldn’t matter to you, since you are only interested in your own opinion.
I can only wish Beck, 44, the same tsunami of ongoing success that Taylor has had since you dissed her.
Contrary to your opinion, Grammy voters believed that Beck, not Beyonce, 33, had the best album of 2014 and Beck has plenty of fans who think he’s an artist of the utmost degree.
“Beck is an incredible artist. If you’re gonna throw shade, listen to his albums first. THIS IS NOT A POPULARITY CONTEST. IT’S ABOUT TALENT,” issaofrp said on Tumblr.
Fred Sablan tweeted:
— Fred Sablan (@Fredsablan) February 9, 2015
Then from Vincent Hofmann:
Can we all agree that #Beck didn’t get his award because he is a manufactured byproduct of the Pop industry but because the man can play.
— Vincent Hofmann (@vincenthofmann) February 9, 2015
Kanye West: You Need To Check Your Ego
You see, Kanye — you aren’t the only person on the planet who has an opinion about what is real artistry.
It’s just that others manage to refrain themselves from running onto stages in the middle of award shows, and hijacking attention from the winners.
Kanye, can you imagine what would happen if everyone copied what you so rudely did for a second time?
Every award show would be anarchy, with winners having to arm themselves with protective gear before trying to accept their prizes.
Now, Kanye, 37, setting aside the issue of what constitutes artistry, let’s just get down to basics — what you did was rude.
Beck worked hard on his album. He was overwhelmed with gratitude to win and then you rudely dissed him repeatedly.
He on the other hand was incredibly gracious, first inviting you to stay on stage and then complimenting you despite your insults.
“You can’t please everybody man. I still love him and think he’s genius. I aspire to do what he does,” Beck told HollywoodLife.com.
“I was just so excited he was coming up. He deserves to be on stage as much as anybody. How many great records has he put out in the last five years right?”
Kanye, you can learn a lot from Beck’s humility and graciousness.
He didn’t just deserve the award for Best Album of the Year, he also deserves an award for being a MENSCH or in other words, for being a man with true quality of character.
You could learn a lot from him, Kanye!
Do you agree, HollywoodLifers? Does Kanye need to stop insulting other musical artists? Let me know.
— Bonnie Fuller