It seems like everyone has an opinion on Kanye’s now infamous rant at the 57th Annual GRAMMYs. G.O.O.D Music artist John Legend got some hot water after speaking with US Weekly about the hot button issue. Referring originally to ‘Ye walking toward the stage when Beck won Album of The Year, and then turning around mimicking his interruption with Taylor Swift at the VMAs years prior, Legend said folks should lighten up. Well, some believed The Love in The Future musician agreed with Kanye’s sentiments and was being insensitive. Legend took to his Instagram Tuesday night (February 10) to clarify and to also respectfully choose a side. Read what John Legend thinks about it all after the jump.
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 piss out of himself for his infamous behavior 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 Beyonce, 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.
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