Kanye West has explained his decision to disrupt Beck’s acceptance speech after the American indie singer took home the Grammy for Album of the Year.
“Beck needs to respect artistry and he should have given his award to Beyoncé,” West said in an interview with E! after the ceremony. “At this point we tired of it because 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 in music, you’re disrespectful to inspiration.
“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 the reason why I didn’t say anything tonight, but you all knew what it meant when ’Ye stepped on that stage.”
His brief stage invasion at Sunday night’s Grammy awards at first seemed like a nod to his famous interruption of Taylor Swift’s acceptance speech at the 2009 MTV VMAs. However, it was one again a defence of Beyoncé.