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Kanye West is friends with everybody now

By | Published on Thursday 12 February 2015

Kanye West

Kanye West is a changed man, everybody. He not only loves Beck, he’s also going to record with Taylor Swift.

The rapper, of course, silently interrupted Beck’s acceptance speech for Album Of The Year at the Grammys on Sunday, later saying that his fellow music maker should “respect artistry” and give the award to Beyonce. It was an almost repeat of that incident in 2009 when West stopped Swift from thanking the world for her Best Video prize at the MTV Video Music Awards, saying that runner-up Beyonce made “one of the best videos of all time” with ‘Single Ladies’.

Speaking about last Sunday to Ryan Seacrest on his radio show this week, West said: “What I really wanted to do is just joke around about what had happened before, but I 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”.

He added: “Beck is one of the nicest guys and one of the most respected musicians in the game … And when I said that thing about respect[ing] artistry, I think it came off the wrong way, and that was a mis-wording on my part, because obviously Beck is one of the most respected artists and respects artistry … But I felt that even though the Grammys sometimes 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. And that was the point I was making about it”.

Obviously. Speaking about working with Swift, he said: “She wants to get in the studio and we’re definitely going to go in. 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 went on: “I that think 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”.

So, basically, it’s all fine now. Watch the full interview here: