There haven't been a lot folks defending Kanye West since he said Beck should “respect artistry" and give his Best Album Grammy to Beyonce.
One of them was seemingly John Legend, who told US Weekly after the award show that his GOOD Music boss was being "funny" and people should "lighten up."
Legend clarified those comments last night. He explained that he was simply referring to Kanye faking like he was going to interrupt Beck's speech -- like he had done to Taylor Swift in 2009. According to Legend, when he first spoke to US Weekly he hadn't heard West's post-Grammy comments in which 'Ye derided the artistry of Beck, one of the most respected popular musicians of the last 30 years. Read Legend's entire clarifying Instagram post below.
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.