Realistically, Sunday's nearly four-hour Grammy Awards ceremony could have been boiled down to about 12 legitimately interesting minutes. That highlight reel definitely would have included a memorable interaction between Beck and Kanye West.
When the low-key rocker won Album of the Year over Beyoncé, Yeezy momentarily took the stage — alluding to his "I'mma let you finish" hijacking of Taylor Swift's acceptance speech at the 2009 VMAs — in an act of protest.
Later, at an afterparty, West ranted to E! about his frustration with the Grammys, saying that Beck needs to "respect artistry." In fact, as Kanye sees it, "he should have given his award to Beyoncé."
Though Beck has handled the whole thing pretty gracefully, an unlikely (and unsolicited) champion has risen to defend him: 1990s alt icon and Garbage frontwoman Shirley Manson. In a public Facebook post on Monday, the Scottish siren put Kanye on blast, calling him "small and petty and spoilt" for diminishing Beck's achievements.
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.
Shots fired. Words capitalized.
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 twat.
In a postscript, she adds that Beyoncé "doesn't need [him] fighting any battles on her account," which, true.
West — who, for the record, has actually made a habit of giving his own awards away — has yet to respond to Manson. When he does, we hope it's in the form of a biting cover of Garbage's "When I Grow Up."
Molly Fitzpatrick is senior editor of Fusion's Pop & Culture section. Her interests include movies about movies, TV shows about TV shows, and movies about TV shows, but not so much TV shows about movies.