Kanye West appeared on this morning’s On Air with Ryan Seacrest to discuss his controversial post-Grammy remarks about Beck and where he stands with pop darling Taylor Swift.
Kanye’s remarks about Beck and artistry quickly caught fire online, and he admitted to Ryan that his words had been misconstrued due to poor wording.
“I think it came off the wrong way, and that was a mis-wording on my part because obviously Beck is one the most respected artists and respects artistry. But I felt – and this is my opinion, and he’s his own man, and he’s not wrong – but I felt that even though the Grammys sometimes gives awards to people who you wouldn’t think should win in the category, as a respect to artists, we mention the other artist’s name in our speech. And that was the point I was making about it. There’s like many of times I gave other people my award, literally made them come up onstage. Maroon 5, when they won Best New Artist, [Adam Levine] mentioned me because it was the ‘College Dropout’ and [it had] 10 nominations and all that.”
“Beck is one of the nicest guys and one of the most respected musicians in the game. So, there’s nothing that I will want to do as a fellow musician to disrespect him in any way. And the weird thing is like, and I don’t feel like I have the right to take away from people’s moments, but the reality of it is – and case in point by who came up to me right afterwards – is it’s almost like a chiropractor. You know, you just get a little crook out like, ‘Wow, this crook has been there!’ It’s just a little jolt of truth, right?“
In a twist of irony, the artist who approached Kanye after he stormed the stage at this year’s Grammys was Taylor, and according to Kanye, she agreed with his decision.
He also stated that the two plan on hitting the studio soon.
“She wants to get in the studio, and we’re definitely going to go in. Any artist with an amazing point of view, perspective [or] fan base, I’m down to get in the studio and work.”
Check out the full audio below, and hear Kanye explain why Beyoncé can’t “pull a Kanye.”