For Chicago, Illinois rapper Kanye West, his attempt to interrupt Beck’s Album Of The Year speech at The Grammys, and the awards show itself have one thing in common, they were both jokes. ‘Ye spoke on what led to him getting out of his seat and approaching the stage during the Album Of The Year award, during an interview with On Air With Ryan Seacrest today (February 11).
According to the rapper, he walked on stage and later turned around because he “didn’t want to take away from Beck’s moment.”
“You know, 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!’ Ok, that didn’t really happen, these were voices in my head,” Kanye said, according to RyanSeacrest.com. “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.”
Kanye later clarified that his near-interruption of Beck’s acceptance speech wasn’t “a black or white thing.”
“I also wanted to stress to people that it’s not a black or white thing at all,” he said. “It’s not me always standing up for a black artist. I feel that racism is a distraction to humanity. We are one race. We are the human race, period. And I feel that we have to base our new society, the future post-Internet society, off of blocks and bricks of truth. And if the Grammys are capitalizing off the amount of views that Beyoncé gets for them and still not laying that brick of truth and being respectful towards [deserving artists] — because Beck says afterwards, literally, says, ‘Hey I think Beyoncé should’ve won it.’”
Kanye found himself facing even harsher criticism in 2009 when he interrupted Taylor Swift’s acceptance speech at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards. But nearly six years after the incident, the pair will soon work together in the studio.
‘Yeah, she wants to get in the studio and we’re definitely going to go in. Any artist with an amazing point of view, perspective, fan base, I’m down to get in the studio and work,” Kanye said during his radio interview.
Audio from Kanye West’s interview on On Air With Ryan Seacrest can be found below.
For additional Kanye West coverage,watch the following DX Daily: