Rockstars Slam Kanye West Over Beck Grammy Outburst
. Several rock musicians have now publicly criticized auto-tune star Kanye West's controversial outburst over Beyonce losing the Album of the Year Grammy to multi-instrumentalist Beck.
Acclaimed Doobie Brothers star Michael McDonald offered some of the strongest criticism of West in an interview with ESPN Radio host Dan Le Batard where he questioned Kanye's actual musical talent and credibility.
McDonald told the radio show host, "I don't think it even really bears too much thought. It's pretty obvious what Kanye's problem is. When Kanye gets to a point where he can actually put a couple of notes together either vocally or two bars of valid music playing an instrument, then he might have a right to criticize somebody else. Until then, I think he's just talking to hear the sound of his own voice." Listen to the interview here.
KISS lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist Paul Stanley reacted to West's storming the stage at the Grammy Awards when Beck was announced as the Album of the year winner. "Beck should've kicked #Kanye right in the nuts last night and said Get the f*** off MY stage!, Stanley wrote on Facebook his Facebook page on Monday.
On Tuesday, Stanley took things further by posting a picture that proclaimed "The difference between a poser & a true genius," under photos and quotes from West and Jimi Hendrix.
The photo quotes West from a Jimmy Kimmel Live appearance where he proclaimed, "I'm a creative genius, and there's no other way to word it." That is contrasted by a quote that is credited to late rock music legend Jimi Hendrix, "I don't consider myself to be the best... and I don't like compliments... they distract me."
Apart from Stanley and McDonald, Garbage star Shirley Manson wrote an open letter to West on her Facebook page. She wrote, "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.
"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 tw*t.