John Legend speaks out about Kanye West and Beck GRAMMY incident
"Kanye is my friend...that doesn't mean we'll agree on everything"
Long time friend of Kanye West, John Legend, took to his Instagram account to "clarify" his thoughts on Kanye's stunt at the Grammy's last Sunday, and moreover, his subsequent and now infamous rant about the Grammy's ruling on appointing Beck the Album of the Year' winner. He wrote a lengthy message to accompany the image of Beck's Grammy winning album cover (below) for Morning Phase. Here's what he has said:
"I want to clarify my thoughts on Kanye's actions at the Grammys on Sunday. First of all, Kanye is my friend. He believed in me years ago when very few did, and I wouldn't be here without his support. That doesn't mean we'll agree on everything, but it does mean that I am grateful to him. And I also believe he is one of the most gifted people I've had the privilege of working with.
In my comments to US Weekly, I said that when Kanye walked up on stage, mimicking his interruption of Taylor Swift's VMA acceptance speech, then turned around as if he was just playing, most of the room including me saw this as funny, as a way of taking the [mickey] out of himself for his infamous behavior several years ago.
When I said that was funny and people should lighten up about it, that's what I meant. I wasn't referring to Kanye's comments after the show which I have now seen and heard. I disagree with those comments. Beck is indeed a true artist's artist. He's a multi-instrumentalist, a creative and unique singer-songwriter whose music I have bought and enjoyed over the years. While his win may have been a surprise to many, it's not because he's not a great artist deserving of recognition. All of the other nominated artists, including Beyonce, are incredible in their own right, and arguments could be made for any of them deserving to win. This is not an objective process. It's completely subjective, in fact. We can all debate who we thought should have won. But even if you didn't vote for him, plenty of our colleagues in the music business did. These voters are all creators who love music and have dedicated their lives to it, and the plurality of them chose Beck as the Album of the Year. I respect their decision and congratulate Beck on this outstanding accomplishment."
Legend also took to his Twitter a few days before today's Instagram post to clarify that friend Kim Kardashian took that selfie (pictured at top) before the 'Album of the Year' award-winner was revealed – saying "Congrats to all winners, including @Beck. Much respect. That selfie was taken before Album of the Year was announced." and "Not that being shocked he won would have been a sin. Every article I've read about it said it was surprising. He's still a great artist."