Ellise1Kanye West continues to show disrespect to fellow musicians

By Ellise Shafer, ’17

By the fall of 2009, pretty much everyone who wasn’t living under a rock had heard about the controversy surrounding rapper Kanye West and newcomer, girl-next-door pop singer Taylor Swift. After Swift won the award for Best Female Video, Kanye stormed the stage, grabbing the mic and infamously saying: “I’m sorry, but Beyoncé had one of the best videos of all time.”

At that moment, this was hilarious—well, at least to me—and possibly even a little heroic. Who doesn’t like somebody else standing up for something they have worked really hard on? But in light of recent events, Kanye has definitely crossed the thin line between undying loyalty and plain disrespect.

In February, at the Grammy Awards, alternative rocker, Beck, won ‘Album of the Year.’ This seemed to surprise many people, seeing as the other nominees—Beyoncé, Ed Sheeran, Sam Smith and Pharrell Williams—are definitely more popular in the traditional sense. Kanye was among those baffled by the outcome, and, as Beyoncé’s biggest fan, decided that it required him to rant once more. However, this time his words were entirely more insulting: “You all knew what it meant when [Yeezus] stepped on that stage…. I just know that The Grammys—if they want real artists to keep coming back—they need to stop playing with us.”

Newspapers and tabloids covered the event the next day, claiming that Kanye had simply “done a Kanye,” or in other words, the act was no big deal. Although this is by far not the most important event occurring in the world today, it still urked me that no one was pointing out how unacceptable and attention-seeking this was. Beck, the victim, even released a statement saying that he was “just so excited [that Kanye] was coming up. He deserves to be on stage as much as anybody”.

Unfortunately, this tale doesn’t end there. After being featured on the Saturday Night Live 40th Anniversary Special in several skits about his “spotlight stealing” tendencies, Kanye told Billboard that at the time of the Grammy awards, he hadn’t even listened to Beck’s winning album, Morning Phase. But, when he finally did, Kanye commented that “man, this is kind of good. I ain’t gonna lie.” He even followed that up with a heartwarming tweet, saying: “I’d like to publicly apologize to Beck. I’m sorry, Beck.”

Okay, I’ll admit it—I’m not a huge “Yeezus” fan in the first place, but regardless of what music you like, this isn’t cool.

There’s no telling whether Kanye will continue this behavior in years to come, but he probably will, and I think that is sad. It’s about time that people learned the appropriate situations in which to keep their opinions to themselves, as opposed to sharing them—especially if it’s in front of 43.7 million others.