Chris Willman

Op-Ed: Why Beck Was the Wrong Target for Kanye West's Grammy Rant

Op-Ed: Why Beck Was the Wrong Target for Kanye West's Grammy Rant

For about an hour Sunday night, Kanye West seemed to have won his way back into America's good graces, thanks to the mistaken belief that he'd developed the ability to take the piss out of himself. When viewers saw him jump on stage at the Grammys as if to interrupt Beck's big album of the year moment, only to smile and make a "Nah, never mind" gesture and go back to his seat, it was clear -- wrongly clear! -- that he was making a self-deprecatory gag about how much he'd matured since he bum-rushed Taylor Swift at the 2009 VMAs.
Aloe Blacc, Melissa Etheridge, Walk the Moon Celebrate Charity at Annual Grammy Foundation Concert

Aloe Blacc, Melissa Etheridge, Walk the Moon Celebrate Charity at Annual Grammy Foundation Concert

There’s something slightly incestuous — in a good way — about a philanthropic organization putting on a tribute to other philanthropic organizations. So it was Thursday night at the Grammy Foundation’s annual show at the Wilshire Ebell; celebrating a different theme each year, this year’s, titled “Lean on Me,” saluted the best-known all-star benefit shows and musical charities of the last five decades.

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