Hip-hop star Kanye West is world-renowned jerk. But maybe, fatherhood changed him a bit when he apologised to Beck after he loudly objected to the alternative rocker winning the Grammy for Album of the Year.
â€œI would like to publicly apologise to Beck. Iâ€™m sorry Beck,â€ West wrote on Twitter.
West also apologised to funk-driven young star Bruno Mars, writing: â€œI used to hate on him but I really respect what he does as an artist.â€
The statements of contrition come after West stole some of the limelight at the Grammys on February 8 by questioning the surprise honour for Beckâ€™s â€œMorning Phase,â€ a melancholy album driven by acoustic guitar and strings.
West briefly rushed toward the stage at the Grammys and later told an interviewer that Beck should â€œrespect artistryâ€ by giving the prize to Beyonce.
West â€“ one of the most awarded artists with 21 Grammys over his career â€“ argued that the music industryâ€™s premier event should recognise top-selling musicians as they earn advertising revenue by performing at the televised gala.
But last week, West said that he finally heard â€œMorning Phaseâ€ while at a restaurant with Taylor Swift â€“ another artist he has berated in the past â€“ and enjoyed the album.
Beck, known for his eclectic mash-ups of genres, has won critical acclaim over his two-decade career but his fan base is far more niche than those of West or Beyonce.–AFP