How does it feel to see Beck winning two Grammy Awards on Sunday night? Do these people even know who Beck is? It’s weird because I have always had the impression to have a ‘relationship’ with him, first as a Silverlake resident,… I know it was a long time ago, he has moved on since,… and how much he has moved on!
But it was not so long ago, Beck used to announce surprise shows at the Echo (he did this several times), and I remember getting a ticket by chance mid-afternoon and being in front of his mic inside the tiny Echo the following night…soooo cool. I got lucky a few times, the Echo, the Echoplex, the Fonda… I don’t know how many times I saw him, I even saw him performing at street festivals, his son Cosimo was running around before the show, and this looked so familial when I think about it. Well these times are definitively over, Beck went home with two Grammy Awards tonight, so there is no way he is gonna announce another show at the Echo any time soon. Anyway Beck’s Odelay-Mellow Gold days are long gone, I am not saying his new music is bad, it is just not as exciting as it was?
Beck’s ‘come back’ album ‘Morning Phase’ won a Grammy for Best Rock Album Award and another Grammy for Album of the Year. Prince presented the last Grammy — that was so Midnight Vultures — and Beck was in competition with Ed Sheeran, Sam Smith, Pharrell and Beyoncé! Of course Kanye could not resist, he walked toward the stage to repeat history, and everyone held their breath, would Beck be Kanye-d as Taylor was in 2009? However Kanye seemed to be in a very good mood, the whole thing was a joke, I even thought it was funny, whereas Beck seemed to be asking for more… But wait a minute? Did Beck really beat Beyonce? Let me savor this moment for a few minutes…
Kanye’s stunt was a good and funny moment but the problem is that this is not the end of the story… it’s never the end of anything with a character like Kanye, and the always a-propos E! channel caught him backstage to make him declared:
‘I don’t even know what [Beck] said. I just know that, the Grammys, if they want real artists to keep coming back, they need to stop playing with us. We aren’t going to play with them no more. ‘Flawless.’ Beyoncé’s video. And Beck needs to respect artistry, he should have given his award to Beyoncé. At this point, we tired of it. 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. We, as musicians, have to inspire people who go to work every day, and they listen to that Beyoncé album, and they feel like it takes them to a different place. And then they do this promotional event, and they’ll run the music over somebody’s speech, the artist, because they want commercial advertising. We aren’t playing with them anymore. And by the way, I got my wife, my daughter, and I got my clothing line, so I’m not going to do nothing that would put my daughter at risk, but I am here to fight for creativity. That’s why I didn’t say anything tonight, but you all knew what it meant when ‘Ye stepped on that stage.”
Was he still joking? Just being Kanye West? Being a prick and a total idiot, ‘And Beck needs to respect artistry, he should have given his award to Beyoncé’, So Kanye hadn’t had enough exposure for the night and needed to recycle a 5-year-old joke? I know ridicule doesn’t kill, but Kanye is making an awful caricature of himself, and the worst part is that he didn’t seem to be joking when he said this, just look at KK’s face, she almost looks embarrassed!
Anyway, I don’t know what is the worst in the story, Kanye’s imbecile rant or Beck winning two Grammys and affirming his middle-of-the-road musical progression.
Eileen Shapiro: “Portfolio Of A Rockstar Journalist” With Philip Bailey Bringing Earth, Wind, And Fire
Jazz has always been my first love as a kid
some big country and Americana names
free for all has always been the idea behind EPR
The power-pop sensibilities of the Black Lips
Bey with a double header
Creem – America’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll Magazine, Reviewed Issue By Issue – October 1976 (Volume 8, Number 5)
the man who made the world a safe place for Richard Simmons.