Kanye West is a weird guy no matter how you look it. If he had a little more talent, he would be to music what Forest Whitaker is to acting.
No offense, Forest.
Whitaker always seems to be deep in thought, as if he’s working to get into the mind of some new character. To say that he is intense is like saying that Stephen Hawking is smart. A bit of understatement.
The difference between Whitaker and West, though is that West is one of those guys who can’t keep his weirdness to himself. It could be that he thinks his celebrity allows him social carte blanche, but he was probably that way long before anyone outside of his immediate family knew his name.
If anyone has any doubts about West’s freakishness, they have only to look at the freak show into which he married. In case you just woke up from a very long nap, Mrs. West is the ever-stupefying Kim Kardashian.
Not sure if that makes Bruce Jenner his father-in-law, mother-in-law or funny uncle.
If we were to establish some Bill Maher-esque “New Rules”, the first one would be that Kanye West is not allowed to attend any award shows, ever. He is not just an ungracious loser, but he is an ungracious loser by proxy for Beyonce.
It’s become painfully apparent that West considers a nomination of himself or Beyonce an undeniable coronation, not to be thwarted by allowing anyone else to win that category.
To be fair, West has not only been nominated for almost 400 different awards, he’s won 124 times. Those wins include the American Music Awards, Grammys, BET Awards, MTV Awards and a host of stuff you probably never heard of, like ECHO and MOBO Awards.
Personally, I don’t get it, but you can’t take any of that away from him.
In 2004, West stormed out of the American Music Awards after losing the Best New Artist title to country singer Gretchen Wilson. Before he left he said, “I was the best new artist this year,”
In 2006, West crashed the stage of the MTV Europe Music Awards and launched into a profanity-laced rant after the Best Hip-Hop Artist award went to Justice and Simian. He rationalized that his “Touch the Sky” video was better because it “cost a million dollars. Pamela Anderson was in it. I was jumping across canyons.”
Following that rant, West issued one of his packaged apologies, explaining that he had enjoyed “a little sippy sippy” before the ceremony. I didn’t even know that rappers enjoyed “sippy sippy.”
Arguably, West’s most famous award show performance occurred at the 2009 MTV Awards, after Taylor Swift won the award for Best Female Video.
Swift’s high school love song, “You Belong To Me” may have been a bit syrupy for the over-30 demographic, but that’s not really MTV’s target audience.
Having held her award for mere seconds, the teenaged, Ms. Swift was startled when Kanye West leapt to the stage and grabbed her microphone. Amazingly, she held her composure as West declared, “I’m sorry, but Beyoncé had one of the best videos of all time!”
In his un-acceptance speech for Swift’s award, West admitted that he had not seen Swift’s video. He found no irony in that fact as he proclaimed Beyonce’s video, “the best.”
In a People magazine interview, Swift said with aplomb, “I was standing onstage, and I was really excited because I’d just won the award, and then I was really excited because Kanye West was onstage, and then I wasn’t excited anymore after that.”
This past Sunday night, rock artist Beck’s “Morning Phase” won him a Grammy for best album of the year. Unfortunately for Beck, he beat out Beyonce, who was nominated for her self-titled album.
Once again, West rushed the stage, stopping just short of grabbing Beck’s microphone. He turned and left the stage smiling, giving the impression that he was just spoofing his 2009 antics. If you thought, at that point that he was just kidding, you have no real appreciation for West’s narcissism or his deeper-than-deep love for Beyonce.
During E!’s after-Grammy show , West pulled back the curtain and revealed the crazy wizard.
Among the things West crammed into his barely-cogent rant was his disapproval of Beck keeping his award. According to West, Beck needs to “respect artistry.”
And all this time Beck probably thought that he was an artist.
Next year’s award season may have another entry, if West can find a network to air the “Kanye West Awards.” Sponsorship may be another problem, since the only artists nominated will be Kanye West and Beyonce.
I hope he gets his show, because I can’t wait to see who wins.
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