Kanye West‘s maligning of Beck‘s album of the year win at last night’s Grammys may be getting the most attention, but he wasn’t the first major figure in the business to express disappointment in the veteran musician’s win (which everyone seems to agree was both well-deserved and confusing).
Epic Records’ president Sylvia Rhone reacted on Twitter by imploring Kanye to steal Beck’s trophy. (Judging by Beck’s subsequent reaction to West’s comments, it seems like he wouldn’t really have cared.) Rhone subsequently deleted the tweet (you can read it here), and requests for comment from Epic weren’t returned.
In response to Rhone’s response, Beck’s PR firm Nasty Little Man issued a tweet on Monday morning calling Rhone an “#idiotbitch.” The tweet was, unsurprisingly, deleted shortly afterward. (Screenshot here.) Nasty owner Steve Martin tells Billboard: “I lost my cool, and I regret it. It doesn’t reflect Beck in any way. I was lashing out in a moment of anger and poor judgment.” Martin expressed regret for Beck’s well-deserved win being the subject of such debate, but stressed that the win was “22 years coming, and we couldn’t be happier.”
There’s a saying: It’s only rock and roll. It seems like those in positions of significant power in the industry — like Rhone — as well as those who work hard to support important, exciting artists — like Nasty Little Man — should keep that in mind.