After Beck's surprise Album of the Year win last night at the Grammys, Kanye West stormed the stage and appeared to almost interrupt Beck as he took the mic—and the Internet laughed, assuming West was making a joking reference to the 2009 VMAs when he told Taylor Swift, onstage, that Beyonce, not Swift, should have won for Best Female Video. (Beck also won his award over Beyonce.) But Kanye grinned and retreated, "his wife Kim Kardashian grinned; even Jay Z and Beyoncé looked mildly horrified but eventually started laughing. It was all a big joke, right?" writes Emily Yahr at the Washington Post. (As Us notes, Bey even appeared to say "No, Kanye, no" as West walked onstage.) Well, no, actually. No, it turns out West wasn't joking at all: At the E! Grammys after-party, he made his true feelings known, at length.
Selections from his long rant: "If the Grammys want real artists to keep coming back, they need to stop playing with us. We ain't gonna play with them no more. 'Flawless,' Beyonce video. Beck needs to respect artistry and he should have given his award to Beyonce ... Because 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 ... You all know what it meant when 'Ye walks on the stage." Kardashian apparently thinks her husband should have made his feelings known onstage (which she made clear on Instagram), as does West SIL Khloe, one of the E! post-show co-hosts. "I want you to fight for creativity and you’re right," she said. "All hail Beyonce. Queen Bey.” Someone even briefly edited Beck's Wikipedia page to accuse him of stealing the Grammy from Beyonce, Us notes. As for Beck, he told People he, too, expected Beyonce to win. And he's not mad at Kanye: "You can't please everybody. I still love him and think he's genius." (As for Kanye and Taylor, they made nice at the Grammys.)