It looked like we were going to get another Taylor-gate situation when Beck won Album of the Year over Beyoncé during last night's Grammy Awards. Kanye West pretended to gatecrash Beck's victory by storming the stage, pretty much like he did with Taylor Swift at the 2009 MTV VMAs.
That's how I feel about her last project. I feel anyone's album could easily have been better. Compared to the quality of '4', this was not an outstanding project. The only reason why it received so much critical acclaim is because of HOW she released it making it a game changer. The amount of thought, risk and secrecy that went into the album's shock release was not just brave, but also very clever. It kind of overruled the album not being so great. If you're not a biased stan, you may be able to look past the shock tactics involved, give the album a good listen, and come to the realisation that she's had albums in her back catalogue that were far more superior.
Speaking at the E! After Party, Kanye said:
"I don't know what he said, all I know is if the Grammys want real artists to keep coming back, they need to stop playing with us. We ain't gonna play with them no more. Beck needs to respect artistry and he should have given his award to Beyoncé, and at this point, we tired of it. Because 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 and 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 another place."