Kanye West: I love Beck

Despite insisting Beyonce should have won the Album of the Year Grammy over Beck, Kanye West says he "loves" the 'Devil's Haircut' singer.

Kanye West
Kanye West

Kanye West insists he "loves" Beck.

The 'Bound 2' hitmaker caused controversy at Sunday's (08.02.15) Grammy Awards when he stepped onto the stage as the 'Devil's Haircut' singer accepted the Album of the Year prize to signify he felt the accolade should have gone to Beyonce but the rapper has now insisted there was nothing personal in his gesture, or a subsequent rant about how the ceremony had "disrespected" artists.

Kanye told TMZ: "No, I wasn't saying Beck [isn't an artist]. I said the Grammys.

"Beck knows that Beyonce should have won, you know that. Come on, I love Beck. But he can't have album of the year."

Despite Kanye's actions, Beck has insisted he wasn't upset because he thinks the outspoken star is a "genius".

He said: "I was just so excited he was coming up. He deserves to be on stage as much as anybody. How many great records has he put out in the last five years right? I still love him and think he's genius. I aspire to do what he does."

And Beck - whose album 'Morning Phase' also picked up the Rock Album prize - insisted he agreed with Kanye's opinion.

Asked whether Beyonce should have won best album, he said: "Absolutely. I thought she was going to win. Come on she's Beyonce!"

Kanye's actions were initially believed to be a joke that referenced the infamous night he interrupted Taylor Swift's MTV Video Music Awards (VMA) acceptance speech when she triumphed over Beyonce in 2009, but he later insisted he was serious.

Kanye - who turned and walked off stage without interrupting Beck - said afterwards: "I just know that the Grammys, if they want real artists, to keep coming back, they need to stop playing with us. We ain't gonna play with them no more. And Beck needs to respect artistry and he should've given his award to Beyonce...

"You all know when it meant when 'Ye walked on that stage."

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