Just one day after commenting on friend Kanye West's Grammys drama with Beck, singer John Legend clarified his remarks in an emotional statement on Instagram. John posted a photo of Beck's Morning Phase album, which took home the album of the year award at Sunday's Grammy Awards, on Wednesday. He captioned the snap:
"I want to clarify my thoughts on Kanye's actions at the Grammys on Sunday. First of all, Kanye is my friend. He believed in me years ago when very few did, and I wouldn't be here without his support. That doesn't mean we'll agree on everything, but it does mean that I am grateful to him. And I also believe he is one of the most gifted people I've had the privilege of working with. In my comments to Us Weekly, I said that when Kanye walked up on stage, mimicking his interruption of Taylor Swift's VMA acceptance speech, then turned around as if he was just playing, most of the room including me saw this as funny, as a way of taking the piss out of himself for his infamous behavior several years ago. When I said that was funny and people should lighten up about it, that's what I meant. I wasn't referring to Kanye's comments after the show which I have now seen and heard. I disagree with those comments. Beck is indeed a true artist's artist. He's a multi-instrumentalist, a creative and unique singer-songwriter whose music I have bought and enjoyed over the years. While his win may have been a surprise to many, it's not because he's not a great artist deserving of recognition. All of the other nominated artists, including Beyoncé, are incredible in their own right, and arguments could be made for any of them deserving to win. This is not an objective process. It's completely subjective, in fact. We can all debate who we thought should have won. But even if you didn't vote for him, plenty of our colleagues in the music business did. These voters are all creators who love music and have dedicated their lives to it, and the plurality of them chose Beck as the album of the year. I respect their decision and congratulate Beck on this outstanding accomplishment."
In his original statement on the Grammys debacle, John told Us Weekly that Kanye's stunt "didn't hurt anybody," adding, "Anybody who's upset just needs to relax. It was funny." It seems as though John hadn't yet caught wind of Kanye's rant about Beck's win, which happened after the award ceremony during an interview with E! News; the rapper shared his disappointment in Beck having won the award over Beyoncé, saying, "Beck needs to respect artistry, and he should've given his award to Beyoncé." Kanye also gave an explanation for his candid comments during an interview with Ryan Seacrest on Wednesday, telling the radio host, "I think it came off the wrong way, and that was a mis-wording on my part because obviously Beck is one of the most respected artists and respects artistry."