Garbage's Shirley Manson Trashes Kanye West Over Beck Rant

Singer Shirley Manson of the rock band Garbage performs at Huxleys Neuer Welt in Berlin, Germany, 27 November 2012. Photo: Br
Singer Shirley Manson of the rock band Garbage performs at Huxleys Neuer Welt in Berlin, Germany, 27 November 2012. Photo: Britta Pedersen

Shirley Manson has a message for Kanye West: "Grow up and stop throwing your toys around."

On Sunday, West went on the stage at the Grammys as Beck was accepting his award for Album of the Year for "Morning Phase," and seemed ready to interrupt the singer-songwriter's speech (just as he did to Taylor Swift at the 2009 VMAs). West apparently thought the better of it and left, but spoke out in an interview after the show.

"Beck needs to respect artistry, and he should have given his award to Beyoncé," West said, before laying into Grammy voters themselves. "What happens is, when you keep on diminishing art, and not respecting the craft, and smacking people in the face after they deliver monumental feats of music, you're disrespectful to inspiration."

But according to Manson, it's West whose behavior was questionable.

"It is YOU who is so busy disrespecting artistry," the Garbage singer wrote on her Facebook page. "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."

She continued:

"You make yourself look small and petty and spoilt.
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."

Manson also pointed out that Beyonce probably doesn't need West to defend her.

"Seems like she's got everything covered perfectly well on her own," Manson wrote.

Manson isn't the only artist taking to social media to defend Beck. Paul Stanley of KISS was less diplomatic, writing on Facebook that Beck should've "kicked ‪#‎Kanye‬ right in the nuts."

West later said he was attacking the Grammys, not Beck.

I love Beck," he said to a paparazzo on Monday. "But he didn’t have Album of the Year.”

Beck, for his part, said he loves West.

"You can't please everybody, man," Beck told Us Weekly. "I still love him and think he's genius. I aspire to do what he does."

Ironically, West had apparently just made up with Taylor Swift, who he famously interrupted at the 2009 VMAs when she won the award for Best Female Video, also over Beyonce.



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