Kanye West and Taylor Swift

Kanye West Addresses Grammy Controversy, Teases Taylor Swift Collaboration

On Sunday night, Kanye West nearly crashed the stage when Beck won Album of the Year over Beyoncé at the 57th Annual Grammy Awards. Three days after his infamous stunt, Yeezus called into Ryan Seacrest to address the controversy.

“I felt like just the whole Grammys, right when that happened, everybody was looking at me and then people started screaming, ‘Kanye! Kanye! Go do it!'” he said, adding, “OK, that didn’t really happen, these were voices in my head. So the voices in my head told me go and then I just walked up like halfway up the stage.”

But he decided to return to his seat and let Beck enjoy his moment. “You know, what I really wanted to do is just joke around about what had happened before, but I just really didn’t want to take away from Beck’s moment or the time he’s having to talk because you know the Grammys, they play music really quick no matter who you are and everything. So I didn’t want anything to take away from his screen time. So I just walked back down because you know, it was kind of a joke like the Grammys themselves.”

While his actions may say otherwise, he insists that he has respect for Beck. “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? And then you know, everyone feels better after the fact, or everyone is way more famous after the fact, or everyone sells way more albums after the fact, and then Kanye just goes on being an asshole to everyone.”

During a post-Grammy interview on E!, ‘Ye blasted Beck, saying, “Beck needs to respect artistry and he should have given his award to Beyoncé, and at this point, we tired of it.” But he regrets his choice of words.

“I think it came off the wrong way, and that was a miswording on my part because obviously Beck is one the most respected artists and respects artistry,” he told Seacrest. “But I felt—and this is my opinion and he’s his own man and he’s not wrong and we’ll still go play basketball and stuff [unless] he doesn’t want to do it—but I felt that even though the Grammys some times 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.”

He pointed to himself as an example. “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.”

While he may have felt compelled to defend Beyoncé, he understands why she wouldn’t crash the stage. “I believe she didn’t move and run to the stage because she’s a respectful individual. But because she is so successful, a lot of times, success disables your ability to communicate exactly what the f**k you want to say!”

Before Sunday’s episode with Beck, Kanye infamously crashed Taylor Swift’s acceptance speech at the 2009 VMAs, also in defense of Beyoncé. But the former foes were seen smiling and talking in the audience during the Grammys. During his interview with Seacrest, Kanye revealed that they’ve put the past behind them and plan to get in the studio.

“She wants to get in the studio and we’re definitely going to go in,” he said. “Any artist with an amazing point of view, perspective, fan base, I’m down to get in the studio and work. I don’t discriminate, I don’t have an elitism of music because of like how many Grammys or you know, the amount of ratings you get on an album.”

He added, “I think that everyone loves music whether they love hip-hop, alternative, country, and if I could be involved in giving people any type of energy, advice in the studio, whether you’re Beyonce, whether you’re Taylor Swift, whether you’re Jay Z, whether you’re Beck, whoever, and they can be reciprocal with that, I’d like to be involved with that.”