For a split second, it seemed the world was about to experience another “Kanye Moment” when legendary performer Prince revealed Beck had won the 2015 Grammy award for “Album Of The Year.” Most of the crowd – including Beck – was stunned the alternative rocker’s Morning Phase was honored for the biggest prize of the night, and Ye jumped on stage in protest of Beyoncé self-titled LP not winning.
Unlike his infamous Taylor Swift microphone snatching incident at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards, Kanye did not say a word. He just walked toward to the mic, smirked at the cameras, and returned to his seat. The “Only One” performer held his tongue during the event, but he voiced his frustrations during E!’s after show.
“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 finna play with them no more,” said Kanye. “And Beck needs to respect artistry, and he should have given his award to Beyoncé.”
As West made his way to the satge, cameras captured the reaction of Bey’s husband and Kanye’sWatch The Throne collaborator Jay Z. The Roc Nation boss initially looked disturbed that his “little brother” was about to repeat his VMA rant, but Jay and most of the crowd ended up laughing off Kanye’s move.
Even though Jay, Beyoncé, and many of the viewing audience saw the situation as simply a funny reference to Kanye’s Swift incident, Ye later expressed that he was very serious about making a statement on what he saw as disrespect by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. According to the Chicago native, his family and his business were what blocked him from speaking out during the Grammy broadcast.
“I got my wife, I got my daughter, and I got my clothing line. So I’m not finna do nothing to put my daughter at risk, but I am here to fight for creativity,” West added. “That’s the reason why I didn’t say anything tonight, but y’all know what it meant when Ye walked out on that stage.”