UPDATE: John Legend Clarifies His Kanye Defense

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Updated on 02/11 at 12:00 p.m.: It's been three days since Kanye West nearly stole the mic from Beck at the Grammys and people are still talking about it. Specifically, John Legend who seemed to have spoken with Us Weekly without knowing what his friend Yeezy said after the show. The "All Of Me" singer has since clarified his defense of the rapper. Legend captioned an Instagram of Beck's Album of the Year winning Morning Phase cover with an explanation. 

"First of all, Kanye is my friend," Legend began before saying that they won't always agree on things. Legend explained that he wasn't referring to West's comments to E! when he said people should lighten up about it. "I disagree with [West's] comments. Beck is indeed a true artist's artist." Legend admits that Beck's win was "a surprise to many" but that that doesn't mean it wasn't warranted. Legend congratulated Beck on his win. 

You can read his full explanation here.

Original Post Published 02/10 at 11:00 a.m.: The wake of Kanye West's Grammy stage storming stunt is waning. Though only a few musicians have come out to blast the rapper for nearly imitating his 2009 VMAs "Imma let you finish" antic, more have come to his defense. 

"I thought it was funny," John Legend told Us Weekly. "I looked at it as just a funny thing that people were going to talk about."

West, if you don't remember, approached the stage after Beck's Morning Phase beat out Beyoncé's industry-changing self-titled album for the Album of the Year Grammy. He swiftly turned around and let Beck accept his award. After the show, however, West ranted to E! that "Beck needs to respect artistry and he should have given his award to Beyoncé." Even Beck admitted he was surprised he won over the Queen.

Legend, meanwhile, dismissed his friend's actions as something that "didn't hurt anybody" and called it a "funny" thing people would talk about. "Beck won his award fair and square," he said. "I think people were surprised that he won but that doesn't mean he's not deserving, that just means people thought other people were going to win too."  (Us Weekly)


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