The Grammy Awards aired Monday night and, for the most part, were a train wreck. One of the bright spots was Taylor Swift’s acceptance speech where she took back the credit for her success.
In case you missed the 2009 Grammy Awards (who didn't?), Rolling Stone Magazine can bring you up to speed on the beef between Swift and West.
In 2009 Taylor Swift was a 19-year-old country star whose latest album, Fearless, was also a hit with mainstream pop fans. Her video for "You Belong With Me" beat out Beyoncé's "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)" for Best Female Video, and she went to the stage to accept the award. So far, so good. Then Kanye, as we all remember, jumped onstage, grabbed the mic, and said, "Yo, Taylor, I'm really happy for you and I'mma let you finish, but Beyoncé had one of the best videos of all time. One of the best videos of all time!" Kanye was booed, and celebrities quickly rallied behind Swift, including the President of the United States himself ("He's a jackass," Obama shrugged) and Beyoncé herself, who invited Swift onstage with her when accepting her Video of the Year award later that night.
So, now that you're all up-to-speed, the excitement of last night's show was palpable (we think, but we only know one person who watched).
Pat Didn’t Watch, Stu Was Bored
If you didn’t watch last night’s award show, count yourself amongst the winners.
“What a bore fest that thing was last night,” Stu complained.
“Was it boring?” Pat asked.
“Oh, God, it was terrible,” Stu reiterated.
Taylor Swift Kicks Kanye
Taylor Swift did have a great night, and her acceptance speech for Best Album of the Year was especially sweet. You see, last week with the launch of Kanye's Yeezy Season 3, his song "Famous" was all about Taylor. Or rather, all about him making Taylor famous and what he'd like to do to her (we'll let you fill in the blanks there). Because after all, he "made that b**ch famous."
“I liked the Taylor Swift thing," Pat said. "He's got a song that takes credit, and it's kind of, you know, nasty. Calls her the B-word. He's responsible for her fame. So ridiculous."
Here's what Taylor said in her accepted speech:
I want to say to all the young women out there, there are going to be people along the way who will try to undercut your success or take credit for your accomplishments, for your fame, but if you just focus on the work and you don't let those people sidetrack you, some day when you get where you're going, you'll look around and you will know that it was you and the people who love you who put you there. And that will be the greatest feeling in the world.
Let's hear it for girl power.
Common Sense Bottom Line
Kanye West didn't make Taylor Swift famous when he interrupted her acceptance speech in 2009. He only made himself famous for being a disrespectful fool.
"It didn't help her," Pat said. "It interrupted a really good moment for her, but it didn't sell records for her. That's just pathetic."
The Grammy Awards were, once upon a time, an event worth watching. Now, it’s debauchery on parade. For a more family-friendly awards show, try the CMA Awards.
Listen to this segment from The Glenn Beck Program:
Below is a rush transcript of this segment, it might contain errors:
PAT: Pat and Stu on the Glenn Beck Program. 877-727-BECK. Grammys if anyone is interested. I can't remember the last time I was interested in the Grammys.
STU: What a bore fest that thing was last night.
PAT: Was it boring?
STU: Oh, God, it was terrible.
PAT: I liked the Taylor Swift thing. She answered the Kanye -- Kanye just said -- well, he's got a song that takes credit, and it's kind of, you know, nasty. Calls her the B-word. He's responsible for her fame. So ridiculous. Here's what she said in her accepted speech for album of the year.
She said it a little better than that actually.
PAT: Yeah, she actually said it last night. I don't know why she's so quiet.
TAYLOR: I want to say to all the young women out there, there are going to be people along the way who will try to undercut your success or take credit for your accomplishments.
STU: She's pissed.
PAT: She is. Yeah.
TAYLOR: For your fame, but if you just focus on the work and you don't let those people sidetrack you, some day when you get where you're going, you'll look around and you will know that it was you and the people who love you who put you there. And that will be the greatest feeling in the world.
PAT: That's great.
STU: Is it? Because the whole controversy thing started when she was winning an award.
STU: It wasn't like she was nowhere and he did something with her. She came on stage --
PAT: And like that helped her? Not at all. It didn't help her. It interrupted a really good moment for her. But it didn't sell records for her. That's just pathetic. And he actually said, well, yeah, I spoke with Taylor, and she's fine with it. I talked to her for an hour.
Really? It didn't sound like she was fine with it, did it? She sounded angry there. More of the Glenn Beck Program with Pat and Stu coming up.
STU: Isn't Donald Trump essentially Kanye West? With the exception he has a lot more debt than $53 million. But they're the same person.
Featured Image: Singer Taylor Swift (C) accepts the Album of the Year award for '1989' onstage from musicians (L-R) Philip Bailey, Verdine White and Ralph Johnson of Earth, Wind & Fire during The 58th GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on February 15, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)