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John Legend Clarifies Stance on Kanye-Beck Controversy


PRNewswireJohn Legend on Tuesday clarified an earlier comment he made to Us Weekly regarding Kanye West‘s Grammys interruption and the rapper’s criticism of Beck.

The singer initially said Kanye’s appearance onstage when Beck won Album of the Year was “funny,” but he’s now stating that he doesn’t necessarily agree with ‘Ye’s assertion that Beck should “respect artistry” and give his award to Beyoncé.

In a lengthy post on Instagram, Legend writes, “I want to clarify my thoughts on Kanye’s actions at the Grammys on Sunday,” noting that, “First of all, Kanye is my friend. He believed in me years ago when very few did, and I wouldn’t be here without his support.”

“That doesn’t mean we’ll agree on everything, but it does mean that I am grateful to him,” he adds. “And I also believe he is one of the most gifted people I’ve had the privilege of working with.”

“In my [original] comments to Us Weekly,” Legend continues, “I said that when Kanye walked up on stage, mimicking his interruption of Taylor Swift‘s VMA acceptance speech, then turned around as if he was just playing, most of the room, including me, saw this as funny, as a way of taking the piss out of himself for his infamous behavior several years ago.”

“When I said that was funny and people should lighten up about it, that’s what I meant,” the 36-year-old singer/songwriter stresses. “I wasn’t referring to Kanye’s comments after the show, which I have now seen and heard. I disagree with those comments.”

“Beck is indeed a true artist’s artist. He’s a multi-instrumentalist, a creative and unique singer-songwriter whose music I have bought and enjoyed over the years,” Legend writes. “While his win may have been a surprise to many, it’s not because he’s not a great artist deserving of recognition. All of the other nominated artists, including Beyoncé, are incredible in their own right, and arguments could be made for any of them deserving to win,” he adds.

“This is not an objective process. It’s completely subjective, in fact,” he insists. “We can all debate who we thought should have won. But even if you didn’t vote for him, plenty of our colleagues in the music business did.”

“These voters are all creators who love music and have dedicated their lives to it, and the plurality of them chose Beck as the Album of the Year. I respect their decision and congratulate Beck on this outstanding accomplishment,” the post concludes.

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