Right off the bat, I will admit fully that I did not watch the Grammy's. I can't stand today's music, and see no need to spend hours of my life on it. I did watch The Walking Dead, though. Great episode. Back on track, though. After Kanye West's poorly rated performance where auto-tune showed off more talent than he did, the Album of the Year award was presented to an artist that has been around for over 20 years, Beck. So Kanye almost pulled a "Kanye", interrupting Beck during his acceptance speech as he once did with Taylor Swift. Though he passed it off as a joke, he later came out admitting he was serious. That, and I quote: "Beck needs to respect artistry and he should have given his award to Beyoncé". Wait a second, wait a second. Kanye is talking to someone about respect? Isn't that a bit like his wife Kim talking to someone about modesty? Beck is a class act, though. Truly. Rolling Stone JUST posted an article with his response: "I thought she was going to win. Come on, she's Beyonce! . . . You can't please everybody, man. I still love [West] and think he's genius. I aspire to do what he does." Class. Act. Now, let's talk about artistry for a second. While I'm sure Queen B has many fans on this forum, as it's a 9+ game, one cannot deny that her artistry is almost completely in her voice. She's talented, sure. Is she more talented than someone who writes, produces, plays the music, and sings all of their own songs? Do you remember the days when ALL music artists were that kind of talented? When Tom Petty, John Mellancamp, Billy Joel, Elton John, Harry Chapin, John Lennon, Bob Dylan, Jim Morrison, David Bowie, Dolly Parton, Johnny Cash, Prince, Stevie Wonder, Ray Charles, Van Morrison, Neil Young, Bruce Springsteen, Paul Simon, Michael Jackson... oh the list goes on and on. Where was I? Oh right... Beyonce's artistry. Let me illustrate my point using a popular meme: Now insert Beck where Freddie is in that image. Or anyone of your choosing. Now, I admit to not being that big of a hip hop fan, however I can respect artistry in any genre. Ne-Yo, Ke$ha, Sia, Ed Sheeran... even Taylor Swift. They all write their own stuff, all modern artists. Bravo. Now Kanye is another story. With Beyonce, I see the hype. But Kanye? I honestly don't get what you fans see in him or his music, this self proclaimed expert of artistry. I am well aware that many see him on genius level. Still, even within that genre that I admittedly do not like, I've heard better (Macklemore, Eminem, Kendrick Lamar, LL Cool J, Outkast, The Roots, Jay Z, Usher, etc). But perhaps there is an underlying issue to why his music sounds so putrid to me and many others. Let's compare it to a band in the rock genre (my home sweet home, my side of town, my love, my rock). Creed. Do you know why I hate Creed so much? Is it their generic, mainstream, boring, throaty, coattail riding, disposable, ear screeching sound? No, a lot of bands sound like that. The true hatred comes from Scott Stapp's attitude. Comparing himself to Jesus, saying his band is better than Pearl Jam (come on... PEARL JAM), being an overall crazy jerkface (word made nice for the kiddies)... Point being, I will never hear his frog-ladened voice without thinking of how much of a jerkface he is. Same for Kanye... while it's not my genre, I again respect artistry. He respects nothing, and it's a shame he still gets rewarded for it. It's a shame his wife gets rewarded for having no talent at all sans showing her naked body to the world. It's insulting to me that people who act like this, who are truly this horrible, are given justification through idolatry. Can't blame them, though, can we? Society and the media falls at their feet, so why would they need to be decent people? Why would they respect anyone else, learn about other genres, give any thought to the people who look up to them as role models? They don't need to. So really in the end... it's our fault, isn't it?