It seems Kanye West wasn’t joking when he almost pulled another Kanye at Sunday night’s Grammy Awards in Los Angeles.
West briefly popped up on stage, drawing chuckles from the crowd, as Beck accepted the album of the year award for “Morning Phase,” beating out expected victor Beyoncé.
A few minutes after the ceremony ended, West stopped by E!’s Grammy after-show with his wife, Kim Kardashian, and shared some feelings about Beck’s win.
“Beck needs to respect artistry, and he should have given his award to Beyoncé,” West said, adding: “Y’all know what it meant when ‘Ye walked on the stage.”
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Beck took it all in stride. Speaking to Us Weekly after the ceremony, Beck said: “I was just so excited he was coming up. He deserves to be on stage as much as anybody. How many great records has he put out in the last five years, right?”
And when asked whether Beyoncé should have won the award, he responded: “Absolutely. I thought she was going to win. Come on, she’s Beyoncé!”
“You can’t please everybody, man,” he continued. “I still love him and think he’s genius. I aspire to do what he does.”
West famously got involved in an award presentation in 2009 when Taylor Swift beat Beyoncé at MTV’s Video Music Awards.
Beck seemed as surprised as the rest of the audience when he won the award Sunday and appeared to be looking around for help.
Recording academy president Neil Portnow said the almost-Kanye moment was part of the excitement of a live television show.
“It’s unpredictable,” he said. “You don’t know what’s going to happen… That turned out to be a fun moment at the end of the day.”