Many of us have (probably) watched the 4 hour long 2015 Grammy Awards this past Sunday, and even if you haven’t you’ve most likely seen the infamous disrespectful comments made by Kanye on Beck winning the Best Album award over Beyonce.
If not, here’s the low down:
Beck (a group, to be honest, I’ve never heard of) won the Best Album award over Beyonce. After Kanye’s storming onto stage a few years back when Taylor Swift won over Beyonce, he started to pull the same act, but slowly turned around, laughed, and went back to his seat.
Now I thought, of all things, that he was just joking; simply making a mockery of himself and his stupidity in the past.
No. This, in fact, is not true.
After the show, he fed the media his opinion:
“I just know that the Grammys, if they want real artists to keep coming back, they need to stop playing with us,” West said (via Vanity Fair). “We ain’t going to play with them no more. ‘Flawless.’ Beyoncé’s video. And Beck needs to respect artistry, and 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 another place. Then they do this promotional event, and they’ll run the music over somebody’s speech, the artist, because they want commercial advertising. No. We not 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 walked on that stage.” (Huffington Post)
Lets also recap the buzz around his wife, Kim Kardashian, and her disgusting post on Instagram:
In all honesty, when I saw this, I truly wanted to vomit.
I can say, as a person who has never heard a piece of Beck’s music in my life, who listens to and enjoy’s Beyonce’s music, THIS REACTION IS BEYOND WRONG and COMPLETELY immature. It’s disgusting and sets such a disgusting example for people watching. Not only is she speaking her opinion, which is fine in ways, just classier ways than this, but she is putting it out there that John Legend and Chrissy Tegan also have these same opinions and reactions, when that isn’t true. She’s creating more drama for other people. Here’s John Legends response to it all … John Legend via Instagram. Everyone has their opinions, their favourites, etc. And Kanye dragged on long about the Grammy’s “respecting artists”, well isn’t that just a contradiction? (*severe sarcastic tone intended*)
He went out of his way on more than one occasion to disrespect other artists and their work, because his butt-buddy didn’t win. And THEN has the audacity to blame it on the Grammy’s. When, the way the Grammy’s work is, other artists vote for who they want to win.
So even if he is angry, has a different opinion, and thinks that Beyonce deserved to win, it doesn’t matter. Other artists that are in the same industry as him and have similar respects to music as him voted for Beck. All because he didn’t get his way doesn’t mean he should go publicly disrespecting other people.
And as for his wife, in her shimmering robe that she wore, who is only famous for being a sex symbol from her sex tape and various actions, she needs to get a grip of herself and her actions because she is plummeting the status of society. She has the money to make a change in society, to donate to charities, to work with the homeless, the starving, to travel and help people, yet she spends her time judging people and subjects she’s clueless about, posting naked pictures and setting a bad example for all young girls who look up to her (including her daughter) and setting a standard for boys around the world, and getting surgeries to enhance her face, ass and breasts. All she knows how to be is self absorbed. Shame on her. And I don’t mean to be the bully in this situation either, she’s a beautiful woman, she can make her own decisions, but that doesn’t make them right or acceptable, yet all at the same time, because she’s making these decisions, they are becoming acceptable. And it truly needs to stop. In more words on this topic, please check out this amazingly written piece by Christine Lee, “An Open Letter to Kim Kardashian“.
Bullying isn’t acceptable. Getting your way isn’t always going to happen. That’s life. A song doesn’t to be played on the radio at least 10 times a day to be the better one. It doesn’t have to be your favourite genre or artist for it to be the better one either. Ignorance is not bliss. Respecting others gives you respect in return.