Just over two weeks later, Kanye West has apologized to Beck for taking the stage during the Grammys.
In a series of tweets, West provided mea culpas to the winner of Album of the Year, along with pop star Bruno Mars. It’s been 18 days since West faked pulling a 2009 VMAs, when he invaded the stage and grabbed the microphone from Taylor Swift.
After the ’15 Grammys, West said of Beck’s victory: “Beck needs to respect artistry and he should have given his award to Beyoncé. At this point—we’re tired of it, because what happens is, you keep on diminishing art and not respecting the craft and smacking people in the face after they deliver monumental feats of music, you are disrespectful to inspiration.” Beck posed no hard feelings, but West was lambasted.
Yeezy’s messages on Thursday are terse, but direct.
While the Beck transgression was on a more public stage, what Yeezy has publicly said about Mars was worse—much, much worse—and definitely worthy of a two-tweet apology. This is the first mention of this particular song produced with 88 Keys and Puff, which might be on West’s forthcoming album. It could join the recently debuted tracks “Wolves” and possibly “All Day.”