Beck And Call
So I just heard that Beck won the Grammy award and Kanye West is mad about it because he thinks Beyonce should have won it.
Quoth West, after the ceremony …
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. And Beck needs to respect artistry and he should’ve given his award to Beyoncé.
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.
Beck? Not a real artist? Like his songs or not, he is an artist, who plays multiple instruments and writes his own music. As for feats of music, he’s had two gold records, one platinum, and one double platinum, won several awards, and got every Gen X kid in America chanting “Soy un perdedor” in the 1994.
I’m also pretty sure Beyonce never had the Grim Reaper squeegeeing windshields in any of her videos.
I’ve not heard either Beck’s album or Beyonce’s, but I would bet sound unheard that Beck’s is at least as good or better. In the next day or two I’ll hunt them up and give each one a listen and see if Beck really is “disrespecting artistry” somehow. [ Addendum: I forgot, posting very late at night as I did, to mention that Beyonce’s singing ability is far better than Beck’s. Gotta give her that. ]
My favorite part of this nitwittery is how social media lit up like a Christmas tree on fire in a mirrored ball warehouse wondering who this Beck guy is. Not like he’s ever had a hit song on the radio or videos on MTV or anything.
And why is Kanye white knighting for Beyonce? Last I heard, Kanye was married to Kim Kardashian, why’s he out there reppin’ for another (married) woman? Again? Does she snap her fingers and he comes yapping, or does he do this on his own?
Shirley Manson of the band Garbage wrote an open letter slamming West –
“Dear Kanye West,
It is YOU who is so busy disrespecting artistry.
You disrespect your own remarkable talents and more importantly you disrespect the talent, hard work and tenacity of all artists when you go so rudely and savagely after such an accomplished and humble artist like BECK.
You make yourself look small and petty and spoilt.
In attempting to reduce the importance of one great talent over another, you make a mockery of all musicians and music from every genre, including your own.
Grow up and stop throwing your toys around.
You are making yourself look like a complete twat.
P.s. I am pretty certain Beyonce doesn’t need you fighting any battles on her account. Seems like she’s got everything covered perfectly well on her own.”
Heh. Seems that Shirley agrees on the white knighting.
There needs to be one of those “Real Men Of Genius” ads for Kanye and his idiotic showboating. There’s already a perfect theme song lying around by some no-name hack.