Kanye West couldn't have been serious about crashing Beck's acceptance speech for the album of the year Grammy Sunday night. Right?
He had a smile on his face as he rushed up a couple of steps to the stage before returning to his seat. It had to be a fake-out, a reference to his infamous interruption of Taylor Swift's acceptance speech at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards to explain how Beyoncé's "Single Ladies" deserved the award. Right? After all, he became a temporary pariah after that stunt, even being called out by President Barack Obama.
You could see it in Beyoncé's face, as the 33-year-old singer mouthed, "No, Kanye, no" when he walked up to the stage, before laughing as he returned to his seat. You could see it in Jay Z's face when he went from confused to amused in a matter of seconds.
However, following the awards, it did seem that West, 37, was angry about Beyoncé's album of the year loss. "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! "We ain't gonna play with them no more . . . 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."
He then went on to say that "Beck needs to respect artistry and he should have given his award to Beyoncé."
Beck, 44, didn't hand over the Grammy, but he did tell Us Weekly that she "absolutely" deserved to win. "Come on," Beck said, "She's Beyoncé!"