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Beck didn’t mind when Kanye West rushed the stage and almost took the microphone ahead of his album of the year acceptance speech at Sunday night’s Grammys. In fact, he wanted the rapper, who quickly smiled and returned to his seat, to join him onstage, he told Us Weekly at Universal Music Group’s afterparty.
“I was just so excited he was coming up. He deserves to be onstage as much as anybody,” Beck said. “How many great records has he put out in the last five years, right?”
But what about West’s claims in his postshow rant that Beck “needs to respect artistry” and should have given his award to Beyonce? Beck told Us Weekly that he too thought Beyonce should have won and was going to win album of the year.
As for any suggestion from West that Beck didn’t represent true artistry, Beck was diplomatic, telling Us, “You can’t please everybody, man. … I still love him and think he’s genius. I aspire to do what he does.”
Meanwhile, Billboard‘s Grammy reporters got a different sense from Beck’s team on Sunday night. People in his camp seemed furious and didn’t see any humor in Kanye’s aborted speech-crashing.
One insider grumbled, “Kanye is ‘fighting for creativity’? It took 68 people to make that Beyonce record. Beck wrote his entire album and played every instrument.”
Shirley Halperin contributed to this report.
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