Kanye West pretends to hijack stage during Beck's acceptance speech at the GRAMMYs
But he wasn't really joking...
Remember that MTV Video Music Awards moment in 2009? When Kanye West stormed the stage of 'Best Female Video' winner Taylor Swift's acceptance speech, to voice his disapproval of Beyoncé's video for Single Ladies being overlooked (it went on to win 'Video of the Year', if only someone had slipped Kanye a spoiler, perhaps we would have missed this infamous Yeezy tantrum) in an over-the-top gesture of misplaced gallantry.
Well, Grammy guests and audiences were bracing themselves for a reenactment six years on, as Kanye threw us the dummy at last night's awards show, by leaping from his seat as Beck collected his 'Album of the Year' award for Morning Phase, beating out Beyoncé for her self titled album Beyoncé.
Starting a storm on the stage, West had his front-row-friend and husband of Beyoncé, Jay Z worried, but soon set everyone at ease as he performed an about-turn and headed back to his seat with a cheeky grin on his face. The audience audibly breathed a sigh of relief as Beck was allowed to continue his list of thank-you's, to chuckles and giggles of West's seemingly self-deprecating josh.
"And Beck needs to respect artistry, he should have given his award to Beyoncé." – Kanye West
However after the event, the flood gates opened for West – and an interview revealed that perhaps he wasn't joking after all:
"I don't even know what [Beck] said. I just know that, the Grammys, if they want real artists to keep coming back, they need to stop playing with us. We aren't going to play with them no more. 'Flawless.' Beyoncé's video. And Beck needs to respect artistry, he should have given his award to Beyoncé. At this point, we tired of it. 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. We, as musicians, have to inspire people who go to work every day, and they listen to that Beyoncé album, and they feel like it takes them to a different place. And then they do this promotional event, and they'll run the music over somebody's speech, the artist, because they want commercial advertising. We aren't playing with them anymore. And by the way, I got my wife, my daughter, and I got my clothing line, so I'm not going to do nothing that would put my daughter at risk, but I am here to fight for creativity. That's why I didn't say anything tonight, but you all knew what it meant when 'Ye stepped on that stage."
We're not sure who the "we" is that Kanye, the self-appointed authority on creativity, refers to. And just like in 2009 we're pretty sure that Beyoncé is gracious enough to let another musical artist shine on their own merit.
Just when we thought this year's Grammy's was under-delivering in the drama steaks, Yeezy swoops in with a double dose.