Aside from his work as a musician, Kanye West is also known for his antics onstage and offstage. His most famous stunt is when he interrupted Taylor Swift during her 2009 Video Music Awards win to tell the singer and the world that he thinks Beyonce deserved the award for Best Video. And while Kanye West and Taylor Swift seem to be in good terms during the 2015 Grammy Awards, West is up to his old tricks yet again.
When Beck won the Album of The Year award for his record Morning Phase, Kanye West stormed onstage before leaving with a smile on his face. It was thought to be a good-natured joke meant to reference the Taylor Swift incident, but Kanye West made it clear in an interview with E! News that he wasn’t really kidding with the interruption.
“I just know that the Grammys, if they want real artists to keep coming back, they need to stop playing with us. We ain't gonna play with them no more,” Kanye West said, upset that Beck beat Beyonce in the category. “And Beck needs to respect artistry and he should've given his award to Beyonce.”
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Kanye West added, “Because when you keep on diminishing art and not respecting the craft and smacking people in their 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 Beyonce album and they feel like it takes them to another place.”
West also revealed that he didn’t push through with his interruption for the sake of his daughter, North. “I'm not gonna do nothing to put my daughter at risk, but I am here to fight for creativity,” he said. “That's the reason why I didn't say anything tonight, but you all know what it meant when Ye walked out on that stage!”