John Legend Rocks With Beck; Shades Kanye West

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    John Legend took to Instagram to side with the singer Beck, over his longtime friend and mentor, Kanye West.

    Here’s what John Legend wrote:

    “I want to clarify my thoughts on Kanye’s actions at the Grammys on Sunday. 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. And I also believe he is one of the most gifted people I’ve had the privilege of working with.

    In my comments to US Weekly, 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. 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. 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 Beyonce, are incredible in their own right, and arguments could be made for any of them deserving to win.

    This is not an objective process. It’s completely subjective, in fact. 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.”

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    56 COMMENTS

    1. Very well said. West is still out of order at the awards and they should start making him pay a fine, when ever he does this. It is disrespectful to the winners.

    2. They have the nerve to talk about ODB when he walked on stage and proclaimed Wu Tang is for the children.

    3. Too bad John wasn’t so outspoken when Beyonce approached him & Common about bumping Ledisi to the side to steal her shine on ‘Take My Hand, Precious Lord’. He’s full of contradictions, like being an education/social advocate that takes Walmart’s money. So he can keep his opinions.

      • i agree. and why was that devil beyonce ride or die evil chick singing in the Lord’s camp. there is nothing to low for her and that drug dealer to do. trying to steal michelle thunder to. michelle or ledisi should have sung that song.

      • Thank you! I was thinking the same thing. Kanye is not this angry about the outcome of the Garner and Brown cases either. I guess real world issues don’t matter much to dimwits.

    4. BEYONCE WANTS TO MAKE SURE EVERYTHING IS ABOUT HER.

      LIKE KHIA SAID YEARS BACK CAN KELLY ROWLAND MAKE SOME MONEY.

      NO KELLY AND MICHELLE NEED TO WAIT UNTIL BEYONCE DECIDES TO MAKE ANOTHER DC ALBUM UNTIL THEN YOU KNOW.

      • Kelly Roland does herself no justice by continuously playing the sidekick role to Beyoncé so her career being where it’s at is her own fault.She should have distance herself from Beyoncé years ago but instead she’d rather jump on twitter to promote Beyoncé Albums when Bey never returns the same favors.

    5. True greatness is never a subject of debate.

      beyonce is not great.

      whitney, celine, aretha, gladys, patti, elvis, michael were never debated. EVERYONE agreed with their greatness.

    6. John is a sellout as well. He is covering his tracks so no one comes barking at his tree. He never say a word when his side clowns people on twitter. Whatever!

    7. when kim gets through bangin him up the azz with that dildo he’s going to be looking just like kris jenner. he darn near there now with his skirts.

    8. john needs to remember where he came from because if it wasn’t for kanye john wouldn’t be there’s today
      just because he’s dicking down a fat white bytch this motherf*cker forget his roots.

      i’m not a kanyella west fan he’s music is very sloppy since he’s been with kim
      her whole family have put some type of spell on his music.

    9. I will not fund any black entertainers who fall overthemselves to come to the defense of white entertainers, these same white folks never speak out strongely in behalf of black entertainers. These same negroes who are defending Beck should ask themselves when or what did Beck ever say about ferguson.

    10. One minute this guy is on CNN pretending to be problack/problack causes the next he’s rejecting Blackwomen by marrying a heathen woman.These dudes are nothing but sellout walking contradictions and nothing will convince me that John Legend is into women regardless who he marries to protect his iimage.Lets not forget he was caught on the beach putting Sunscreen on a man’s chest.

    11. In all fairness S.O., he was correcting his own quote that the stunt was funny and people needed to chill. The next day when he read about what Kanye said at the E! after show(about Beck needing to honor Beyonce’s artistry and give the award to her)he then realized that he had cosigned something he didn’t agree with at all. As a classically trained musician, he was horrified by the suggestion that Beck was not a worthy artist. I really don’t think he was stabbing Ye in the back. It was more a matter of complimenting Beck.

    12. Truth is I ain’t even heard on song fron this album. Not a single or nothing. Does anyone know a good song off this I can check out. I’ll never win a gremmy so f*ck a g. Best Grammy momment was flavour flavour rushing young mc. It was all love. Funniest as f*ck too.

    13. Now that Kanye is catching a lot of heat, those people that laughed at his actions now look equally stupid. Beyonce and Jay of course are and will remain silent. They probably agree with Kanye privately. If they don’t, it’s too late for them too to say so. In any event, Kanye is threatening to boycott the Grammys knowing fully well he might be banned next year.

      • He knows this. This is why he continues to do the shit. Not a Ye fan, but the fact remains when you sit at the house & say I’m gonna piss some folks off, AND do it, regardless of what the f*ck they say or feel about it. KUDOS!!!!! I for one ain’t mad at him. When keeping it “teal or not goes wrong.”

    14. One demon can’t condem another. All these demons are the same. These award show are nothing more than prizes for evil. They’re all nasty and will sleep with anything. Just go away!

    15. He sure is a day late – he was amongst that ratchet group of people laughing @ Kanye and his antics. What a sick bunch ……. keep on supporting these losers

    16. I wish we could all replace the history of these feathered celebrities with the history of the greats within our ancestry {as well as those current} who triumphed unfortunate hurdles and fought for our power. I believe playing into their gain of celebrity divides us. Wish we knew nothing about them, does no good. Not shaming anyone who entertains sites as such, I just hope we try to filter & refine our quality time given. I’m sure your being, highlights in your future & potential would impress me with the same or greater touch as seeing a so called great artist perform.

      Just wanted to acknowledge the greatness in you because our culture/this society is not doing enough to thank you. My feelings shared here are random I rarely comment, maybe the boastful one Kanye compelled my spirit to speak…& he does not have the authority to determine & define a solid opinion of all on who the greatest performer is, whether it’s him or the isolated blonde on the frontlines.

      Be great & stay humble

    17. john legend not about that life. lol. he’snot riding or helping nobody in a fight. he’s a girl himself, with a mental health looking wife

    18. All this shit is funny because all these other artists speaking out against kangaye are actual musicans who can play music n instruments. All that nigga can do is steal old ass samples and go -plinkity, plink -link on a piano-if he can even do that.

      • yers kanye and his dirty little white girl fantasies.

        yes we know you like his dark twisted fantasy with the white girls as ballerinas yes we know this.

        this clown thinks hes god he should be in a new edition of a bible.
        he married and impregnated a whore and brags about it.

        he has fits cause he doesn’t win guess whites find it entertaining cause they allow him to go back every year.

    19. I think that John Legends comments were very tactful and he was mindful not to step on any toes or burn any bridges.Its seems honest.

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