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11 February 2015, 13:50
John Legend says he doesn’t condone Kanye telling Beck to give his award to Beyonce, but says he liked that Kanye can laugh at himself.
Everyone on earth (pretty much) held their breath at this year’s Grammy Awards when it looked like Kanye West was going to relive his 2009 antics and storm the stage as Beck accepted the award for Best Album.
Luckily Kanye changed his mind at the last minute, but later made the comment that he thought Beyonce deserved the award (much like when he told Taylor Swift that Beyonce deserved the award for Best Female Video in 2009).
John Legend, who witnessed the events unfolding later commented that he thought the stunt was funny, but has now clarified that he only meant that in the context of Kanye laughing at himself.
He explained on Instagram, “I want to clarify my thoughts on Kanye's actions at the Grammys on Sunday. First of all, Kanye is my friend. He believed in me years ago when very few did, and I wouldn't be here without his support.”
"That doesn't mean we'll agree on everything, but it does mean that I am grateful to him. And I also believe he is one of the most gifted people I've had the privilege of working with.”
"In my comments to US Weekly, I said that when Kanye walked up on stage, mimicking his interruption of Taylor Swift's VMA acceptance speech, then turned around as if he was just playing, most of the room including me saw this as funny, as a way of taking the p**s out of himself for his infamous behaviour several years ago.”
"When I said that was funny and people should lighten up about it, that's what I meant. I wasn't referring to Kanye's comments after the show which I have now seen and heard. I disagree with those comments.”
"Beck is indeed a true artist's artist. He's a multi-instrumentalist, a creative and unique singer-songwriter whose music I have bought and enjoyed over the years. While his win may have been a surprise to many, it's not because he's not a great artist deserving of recognition.”
"All of the other nominated artists, including Beyoncé, are incredible in their own right, and arguments could be made for any of them deserving to win. This is not an objective process. It's completely subjective, in fact.”
"We can all debate who we thought should have won. But even if you didn't vote for him, plenty of our colleagues in the music business did. These voters are all creators who love music and have dedicated their lives to it, and the plurality of them chose Beck as the Album of the Year. I respect their decision and congratulate Beck on this outstanding accomplishment."
Well said, Mr Legend!