The Garbage singer spoke out today regarding the rapper’s comments on Beck’s Grammy win and she pulled no punches.
Garbage singer Shirley Manson has some harsh words for Kanye West, following the rapper’s claim that Beck should “respect artistry” and give his Album of the Year Grammy to Beyoncé. “It is you who is so busy disrespecting artistry,” she wrote on Facebook in a post that began with “Dear Kanye.” “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 spoiled.”
“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,” she continued. “Grow up and stop throwing your toys around. You are making yourself look like a complete twat.”
The Garbage singer also added this biting post-script: “I am pretty certain Beyoncé doesn’t need you fighting any battles on her account. Seems like she’s got everything covered perfectly well on her own.”
West had made his comment backstage, shortly after storming the podium in a way that resembled the time he interrupted Taylor Swift at the VMAs. Although he demurred onstage, gesturing that he was kidding for the cameras, he shared his true feelings at E!’s post-Grammys show. “If they want real artists to keep coming back, they need to stop playing with us,” he said.
“I thought she was going to win,” Beck told Us Weekly later, shrugging off West’s display during his acceptance speech. “Come on, she’s Beyoncé! You can’t please everybody, man. I still love [West] and think he’s genius. I aspire to do what he does.”
The rapper, too, lessened his comments later, telling a TMZ paparazzo that he regretted implying that Beck was not an artist. “I wasn’t saying Beck; I said the Grammys,” he said. “Beck knows that Beyoncé should have won; you know that. . . . Come on, man. I love Beck! But he didn’t have the Album of the Year.”
[ article by Kory Grow ]