Indie Flavour: thoughts on the 57th Grammy Awards

Eric Casey, Beacon blogger

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“What the national conversation is about, instead, is West b*#ch-slapping one of the most revered artists of the industry.” ~ Rolling Stone.

I could go on and on about how much I despise Kanye West and rap “music”, but last night he pissed me off to no end. Who the hell does he think he is?! I don’t see a lot of talent in him first of all.

Here’s what he said on E! during an interview following the award show. “Beck needs to respect artistry and he should’ve given his award to Beyonce.” I mean how embarrassing! Beyonce must have been cringing from wherever she heard that interview.

Thankfully, she has enough respect for other artists which is something that can’t be said about Kanye. I didn’t even notice her make a rude facial expression during the announcement of Beck winning “Album of the Year.”

He ruined a moment for Beck, who by the way deserved that Grammy win than anyone in that category even though he’s not one of my all time favorites. Beck was nominated for Album of the Year in 1997 & 2001, but shockingly lost out to Celine Dion and Steely Dan. This time around he finally won.

Beck plays over ten instruments. He solely produced “Morning Phase” and was the only songwriter vs. “Queen B’s” 20 producers & 16 songwriters. It’s pretty much a trend for bands & singers to win this category later in life as opposed to when they’re younger and on top of the charts. Also, his 1997 album “Odelay” is considered one of the best ’90s albums AND one of the greatest albums of all time.

In the past two days many music publications and singers have been speaking out against this whole situation. For instance, Shirley Manson from ’90s famed alternative band Garbage posted on Facebook saying, “Dear Kanye West, It is YOU who is so busy disrespecting artistry. In attempting to reduce the importance of one great talent over another, you make a mockery of all musicians and music from every genre, including your own.”

I feel so bad for the clueless younger generation who have a very short term memory and seem to wrongfully diss successful artists who’ve been around a long time. Lastly, at age 44 he still looks the same when he was 24 so he’s doing something right!

Today I will be playing Beck on my Indie Flavour radio show on our campus station 90.7 WCLH from 3 to 6 pm. In fact, I may just play Beck every week this semester to show my appreciation of his work.

 

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