Kanye West almost pulled a Taylor Swift repeat on Sunday night (Feb. 8) at the Grammys, walking onto the stage when Beck won Album of the Year over Beyonce… but pulled back at the last second.
On Wednesday morning (Feb. 11), Ye called into On-Air With Ryan Seacrest to address the controversy.
“I felt like just the whole Grammys, right when that happened, everybody was looking at me and then people started screaming, ‘Kanye! Kanye! Go do it!’ ” he said, before acknowledging that it was only in his head. “OK, that didn’t really happen, these were voices in my head. So the voices in my head told me go and then I just walked up like halfway up the stage.
“You know, what I really wanted to do is just joke around about what had happened before, but I just really didn’t want to take away from Beck’s moment or the time he’s having to talk because you know the Grammys, they play music really quick no matter who you are and everything. So, I didn’t want anything to take away from his screen time. So, I just walked back down because you know, it was kind of a joke like the Grammys themselves.”
After the near-controversial moment, Ye told E! that Beck didn’t have the album of the year… and should’ve acknowledged the real winner: Beyonce.
Despite how it came off, Kanye insists that he has respect for Beck. “Beck is one of the nicest guys and one of the most respected musicians in the game. So, there’s nothing that I will want to do as a fellow musician to disrespect him in any way. And the weird thing is like, and I don’t feel like I have the right to take away from people’s moments, but the reality of it is — and case in point by who came up to me right afterwards — is it’s almost like a chiropractor. You know, you just get a little crook out like, ‘Wow, this crook has been there!’ It’s just a little jolt of truth, right? And then you know, everyone feels better after the fact, or everyone is way more famous after the fact, or everyone sells way more albums after the fact, and then Kanye just goes on being an asshole to everyone.”
The rapper goes on to reveal that he regrets the choice of words toward Beck.
“I think it came off the wrong way, and that was a miswording on my part because obviously Beck is one the most respected artists and respects artistry,” he told Seacrest. “But I felt — and this is my opinion and he’s his own man and he’s not wrong and we’ll still go play basketball and stuff [unless] he doesn’t want to do it — but I felt that even though the Grammys some times gives awards to people who you wouldn’t think should win in the category, as a respect to artists, we mention the other artist’s name in our speech.
“There’s like many of times I gave other people my award, literally made them come up onstage. Maroon 5, when they won Best New Artist, [Adam Levine] mentioned me because it was The College Dropout and [it had] 10 nominations and all that.”
The Beck incident follows the 2009 MTV VMAs, where Kanye infamously crashed Taylor Swift’s acceptance speech. Later in his interview with Seacrest, he revealed that he and Swift have put their past behind them… and plan to get in the studio.
“She wants to get in the studio and we’re definitely going to go in,” he said. “Any artist with an amazing point of view, perspective, fan base, I’m down to get in the studio and work. I don’t discriminate, I don’t have an elitism of music because of like how many Grammys or you know, the amount of ratings you get on an album.”
And before ending the interview, Kanye said he will not attend the Grammys again… until the voting system is fixed. “I will not go, until we fix the voting system to be more in accord with the popular votes, because the popularity is what is needed to sell commercials,” he said.