As he is wont to do, rapper Kanye West generated the most buzz of any artist at Sunday night’s Grammy Awards. Some was good, as his two performances were among the night’s best. But much was bad: six years after interrupting Taylor Swift’s victory speech at the Video Music Awards when she beat out his friend Beyonce for an award, he did the same thing to Album of the Year winner Beck.
The backlash against the outspoken MC was as swift as it was predictable. And on Tuesday night, Patriots’ cornerback Brandon Browner joined the fray, firing off a trio of tweets criticizing West for his repeat stunt.
KANYE WEST is a sucka! Everybody don't listen to Beyoncé. Second time he tried to steal somebody shine. First time it was a 15 yr old girl— Brandon Browner (@bbrowner27) February 11, 2015
Kanye try and play that I'm weird because of my genius. Non of the greats pull that stupid ish. Meaning Marley, Mike Jack, Tupac, Jayz etc— Brandon Browner (@bbrowner27) February 11, 2015
Peep who he tried Beck and Taylor Swift. Real tough guy. If only I could've been Beck for one night. Kanye would be rapping thru the wire— Brandon Browner (@bbrowner27) February 11, 2015
Strong words from Browner. And for those who don’t understand the corner’s last reference, rapping “thru the wire’’ is likely a reference to West’s breakthrough single of the same name. West wrote and performed the song with his jaw wired shut due to a near-fatal car accident, the implication of Browner’s tweet being that if he was in Beck’s shoes, he would have broken West’s jaw.
Much of the backlash against West has centered on Beck’s musicianship compared to Beyonce’s, as the former played on and wrote the tracks featured on his album, while Beyonce’s was done with the aid of songwriters.
That referenced article, written about Browner’s tirade mid-rant, is here.
Browner would later make it clear his anger was not directed toward Beyonce, who has again been caught in what must be an uncomfortable crossfire.
Beyoncé the truth tho...— Brandon Browner (@bbrowner27) February 11, 2015
Browner sent his last tweet at about 1 a.m. Wednesday. West has yet to respond to Browner, but did clarify his actions during a radio interview Wednesday with Ryan Seacrest, for better or for worse. Mostly for worse.
“The voices in my head told me go and then I just walked up like halfway up the stage. You know, what I really wanted to do is just joke around about what had happened before, but I just really didn’t want to take away from Beck’s moment or the time he’s having,’’ West said of his decision to walk to the stage, awkwardly interrupt Beck and quickly leave.
Would West use this time to issue an apology for suggesting in a post-Grammys interview Beck should “respect artistry’’ and give his award to Beyonce? Not exactly.
Well first of all, Beck is one of the nicest guys and one of the most respected musicians in the game. So, there’s nothing that I will want to do as a fellow musician to disrespect him in any way. And the weird thing is like, and I don’t feel like I have the right to take away from people’s moments, but the reality of it is — and case in point by who came up to me right afterwards — is it’s almost like a chiropractor. You know, you just get a little crook out like, “Wow, this crook has been there!’’ It’s just a little jolt of truth, right? And then you know, everyone feels better after the fact, or everyone is way more famous after the fact, or everyone sells way more albums after the fact, and then Kanye just goes on being an a**hole to everyone.