"I thought she was going to win. Come on, she's Beyoncé!"
Beck staged a huge upset at the 2015 Grammys on Sunday night when his album, Morning Phase, beat out works from both Sam Smith and Beyoncé for album of the year. No one seemed as surprised as Beck himself — that is, until Kayne jumped on stage to redo his infamous "I'mma Let You Finish" moment from the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards, when Taylor Swift upset Beyoncé for best female video.
At first it looked like Kanye was paying a joking homage to his outburst, but the hip-hop star really let fly after the show. "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," he told E! Online. "Beck needs to respect artistry, he should have given his award to Beyoncé."
Beck's response was everything you'd expect from a now-five-time Grammy winner who's released 17 studio albums through a long, illustrious career. Here are Beck's full comments, per Us Weekly:
"I was just so excited he was coming up. He deserves to be on stage as much as anybody," Beck said when asked how he felt about West crashing the stage. "How many great records has he put out in the last five years right?"
Even though he said Beyonce should have won? "Absolutely," replied the humble musician. "I thought she was going to win. Come on, she's Beyonce!"
And what about his diss that Beyonce is true artistry, and you're not? "You can't please everybody, man," he replied. "I still love him and think he's genius. I aspire to do what he does."
This, after Kanye's seemingly endless rant about how Beck's win was "disrespectful to inspiration." Here are Kanye's full comments, as told to E! after the show:
The Grammys, if they want real artists to come back, they need to stop playing with us. We ain't gonna play with them no more. Flawless, Beyoncé video, and Beck needs to respect artistry and he should have given his award to Beyoncé.
And 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 of music, you're disrespectful to inspiration. And we as musicians have to inspire people who go to work every day and they listen to that Beyoncé album, they feel like it takes them to another place, then they do this whole promotional event that, they'll run the music over somebody's speech, the artist, because they wanted commercial advertising.
And by the way, I got my wife, I got my daughter, and I got my clothing line, so I'm not gonna do nothing to put my daughter at risk, but I am here to fight for creativity. That's the reason I didn't say anything tonight. But y'all know what it meant when 'Ye walks on that stage.
Whether you agree with the outcome or not, there's no denying that Beck is one helluva humble guy — and Kanye West could learn something from the musician about manners.