America’s premier music awards show The Grammys have taken place for another year and, as ever, social media was there to document the whole thing.
The big winner in Los Angeles last night was Sam Smith, who collected four gongs, including Best New Artist and Song of the Year for Stay With Me, while Pharrell Williams, Beyoncé and Rosanne Cash collected three awards each.
Undoubtedly stealing the spotlight though was rapper Kanye West. In a near-repeat of his infamous interruption of Taylor Swift accepting her award at the 2009 MTV VMAs, he invaded the stage as singer-songwriter Beck collected his award for Best Album for the LP Morning Phase from presenter Prince.
West stopped short of taking the mic on this occasion and returned to his seat, though not without being asked “where are you going?” by an amused Beck. See the incident below.
West later explained his behaviour in an interview with E! News, arguing that Beck’s award should have gone to fellow nominee Beyoncé.
“I just know that the Grammys, if they want real artists to keep coming back, they need to stop playing with us. We ain’t gonna play with them no more,” he said. “And Beck needs to respect artistry and he should’ve given his award to Beyoncé.”
Spotting West as he made a beeline for the podium was rapper Jay Z, who seemed to shake his head in disbelief that his frequent collaborator would dare repeat the move that brought him so much heat six years ago.
The incident saw Twitter go into a meltdown with the majority deriding West for his actions. Music journalist Craig Jenkins, though, managed to work in a reference to the rapper’s latest track with Rihanna and Paul McCartney FourFiveSeconds.
Kanye was about four five seconds from snatching that microphone. pic.twitter.com/s3uBwc8LfE
— BlackBroDude (@CraigSJ) February 9, 2015
I really wish Kanye wasn’t so good at what he does. Him being a roaring tool and all.
— Donald Clarke (@DonaldClarke63) February 9, 2015
Beck and Prince woulda jumped Kanye on stage. Kanye didn’t want it.
— Brian Josephs (@Bklyn_Rock) February 9, 2015
Earlier in the night, West performed the song alongside Rihanna and McCartney, as well as his recent solo track Only One. Elsewhere, AC/DC, Madonna and Ed Sheeran all took to the Staples Center stage.
The red carpet too received plenty of attention, though no one as much as singer Joy Villa, who appeared in an orange outfit more likely spotted surrounding roadworks.
ุชุดตาข่ายพลาสติกสีส้ม งานแกรมมี่คืนนี้ Worst dress at 57th Grammy Award: Joy Volla in orange traffic safety net! pic.twitter.com/knpxwV8s9L
— Gratitude Attitude (@Attitudega) February 9, 2015
The stars themselves were soon on social media, too. Smith boasted about his triumph, though seemed to enjoy the attention of the stars just as much.
— Madonna (@Madonna) February 9, 2015
I just won 3 Grammys!! Thank you to fans who bought the record, came to shows and gave encouragement. Much Love 2 U! pic.twitter.com/hS9dxrI52P
— rosanne cash (@rosannecash) February 9, 2015