Kanye later made it obvious he wasn’t joking and went off on a rant about “disrespecting artistry”. Garbage singer Shirley Manson called Kanye out in an open letter.
Shirley, who most of us know from her popular song Only Happy When It Rains, penned this letter to West and cut him down to size.
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.
West, 36, first made headlines for what most people assumed was a joke when he followed Beck onstage,but then returned to his seat without saying anything. We had hoped he was poking fun at his infamous VMAs interruption of Taylor Swift in 2009. But his post-Grammy rant made it obvious he was totally serious.
Kanye told E!, “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 added he was “here to fight for creativity”.
Manson, 48, argued that Beyonce could hold her own, writing, “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.”
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