West stormed the stage when Beck walked up to receive a Grammy for his hit album, Morning Phase.
Kanye then smiled and backed off as a surprised Beck look confused about how to handle West’s immature display. Later, Kanye threw more shade at Beck, declaring off stage that Beck should give his award to Beyonce, who was more deserving for her album, Beyonce.
“I just know that the Grammys, if they want real artists to keep coming back, they need to stop playing with us,” said West. “We ain’t gonna play with them no more. And Beck needs to respect artistry and he should’ve given his award to Beyonce.”
For his part, Beck remained humble and had nothing but praise for Queen Bey. “I thought she was going to win,” said Beck.” Come on, she’s Beyonce!”
When asked what he thought of Kanye’s diss that Beyonce is a “true artist” and he is not, Beck good-naturedly quipped, “You can’t please everybody, man,” he replied. “I still love Kanye and think he’s genius. I aspire to do what he does.”
This isn’t the first time West has protested other recording artists for beating out Beyonce at music awards ceremonies. In 2009,Kanye interrupted Taylor Swift’s acceptance speech at the MTV Video Music Awards.
Swift, who won the VMA for Best Female Video, looked visibly stunned on stage after Kanye grabbed the mic from her and declared, “Yo, Taylor, I’m really happy for you. Imma let you finish, but Beyonce had one of the best videos of all time.”
Taylor’s VMA award was presented by her then-boyfriend, “Twilight” hunk Taylor Lautner. Lautner later responded to Kanye’s antics by knocking his head off with an epic karate kick and jab during a “Saturday Night Live” skit.
Lautner is a former junior world karate champ who’s most famous for playing Jacob Black in the Twilight saga.