Shirley Manson thinks Kanye West‘s Grammys stunt was, well, garbage. After the “Only One” singer rushed the stage when Beck beat out Beyonce for Album of the Year — later telling E! that the “Blue Moon” singer should “respect artistry” and give his award to Queen Bey — Manson took to Facebook to blast his “petty” actions.
“Dear Kanye West,” the Garbage rocker began in her post on Monday, Feb. 9. “It is YOU who is so busy disrespecting artistry. You disrespect your own remarkable talents and more importantly you disrespect the talent, hard work, and tenacity of all artists when you go so rudely and savagely after such an accomplished and humble artist like BECK.”
But she didn’t stop there. “You make yourself look small and petty and spoilt,” she continued. “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. Grow up and stop throwing your toys around. You are making yourself look like a complete tw-t.”
West, 37, first made headlines for what most people assumed was a joke when he followed Beck onstage, reached for the mic, and then returned to his seat without saying anything. It seemed initially like he was poking fun at his infamous VMAs interruption of Taylor Swift in 2009 — but a post-show rant made clear that he was serious.
“What happens is, when you keep on diminishing art and not respecting the craft and smacking people in the face after they deliver monumental feats of music, you’re disrespectful to inspiration,” he told E! of Beyonce’s loss, noting that he was “here to fight for creativity.”
Manson, 48, argued that Bey could probably take up that fight herself if she wanted. “P.S. I am pretty certain Beyonce doesn’t need you fighting any battles on her account,” she wrote in her Facebook post. “Seems like she’s got everything covered perfectly well on her own.”
Beck, for his part, holds no grudges against the rapper. “I was just so excited he was coming up,” the “Heart Is a Drum” singer told Us Weekly at the Universal Music Group afterparty. “He deserves to be on stage as much as anybody.”
He went on to praise West’s work, saying, “I still love him and think he’s genius. I aspire to do what he does.”
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