He was also captured on the Grammys’ red carpet, grabbing his wife’s booty. Just last month, Kanye was explaining why he doesn’t smile in pictures, not even Super Bowl selfies: “Back when I was working on ‘Yeezus,’ I saw this book from the 1800s and it was velvet-covered with brass and everything,” West said at the Fashion Los Angeles Awards. “I looked at all these people’s photos and they look so real and their outfits were incredible and they weren’t smiling and people, you know the paparazzi, always come up to me, ‘Why you not smiling?’ and I think, not smiling makes me smile … When you see paintings in an old castle, people are not smiling cause it just wouldn’t look as cool.”
And then there was the Not-Quite-A-Moment from this year’s Grammys. Prince announced Beck won Album of the Year for “Morning Phase” and proceeded to give some rather epic side eye about … something.
Remember Beck? He was hot in the ’90s and had that one song that came
? Unlike that U2 album that no one can seemingly rid themselves of without jailbreaking their new iPhones, Beck’s song was fairly unobtrusive. And if it bothered you that much, you could delete it, whereas U2 set up seemingly permanent camp on iOS, as though they were given musical squatters’ rights — until Apple heard the desperate pleas of iPhone users and
Anyway, Beck’s win meant Beyoncé, the wife of best friend Jay Z, did not win Album of the Year. First she was robbed by Swift — and now this.
Yeezy, exiting the stage, turned as though he was about to pull another “Imma let you finish.”
It was all good. Kanye turned back and smiled. Just kidding! And everyone laughed, slightly uncomfortably, and Beck said, “Come back!”
Jay looked on in horror.
. If his brain had subtitles, odds are they would have read: “No this fool is not about to …. aaaaaaaaaaaaahhhh! Hahahahaha!” You could literally see Beyoncé mouthing the words, “Oh my god, no,” before she started to laugh.
Has Kanye West found maturity? There’s some evidence that suggests he has. West had two performances at the Grammys. “FourFiveSeconds” was a spare, acoustic offering with Rihanna and Paul McCartney. “Only One,” dedicated to his daughter North, was nakedly earnest and performed in a single shaft of light. After the song, Kanye walked offstage not in a blaze of glory but obscured in shadow. Even the latest generation of his shoes, the Yeezy 750 Boosts, seem indicative of a “less-is-more” Kanye. They’re monochromatic taupe suede — fairly simple-looking, with the crossover strap that the first Air Yeezys had.
And then there’s this recent interview Kanye did with Ellen DeGeneres, where he explained how marriage has changed him:
I’ve learned how to shut up more and I’ve — yeah. I think I’m a better human being because of her and because of my daughter. And I have someone to think about going home to and not only be brave for what I want to do for humanity, but also to be more protective of myself for my family. There’s things I’ve done in the past that were considered negative, but I was really jumping in front of the tank for other people or for culture in a way. So now I always have to have that in my mind that I have a family that I have to protect, too.
But after the Grammys, Kanye told E! he thought Beyoncé should have won Album of the Year — and that Beck should give his Grammy to her.
“I just know that the Grammys, if they want real artists to keep coming back, they need to stop playing with us,” Kanye said. “We ain’t gonna play with them no more. … 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. And we as musicians have to inspire people who go to work every day.”
So fear not. He may have other priorities, but Ye’s still Ye.