This Week: Kanye Vs. Beck, Taylor Vs. Trent and Will Smith Vs. Music

“Like books and black lives, albums still matter.”
Prince at The Grammys. Smoothly done, oh orange one. (The Grammy's)

“Beck knows Beyoncé should have won. I love Beck, but he didn't have the album of the year.”
Do you “love” Beck, Kanye West? Really? Why don't we believe you? (TMZ)

“Dear Kanye West, it is YOU who is so busy disrespecting artistry. You disrespect your own remarkable talents and more importantly you disrespect the talent, hard work and tenacity of all artists when you go so rudely and savagely after such an accomplished and humble artist like BECK. You make yourself look small and petty and spoilt.”
Shirley Manson from Garbage threw an online shit-fit over Kanye's behavior. (Facebook)

[jump] “It didn't hurt anybody. Anybody who's upset just needs to relax. It was funny.”
John Legend is Team Kanye. (US Weekly)

“I went into the studio with Kanye. I'm thinking about it. I'm exploring. I'm not sure what I'm going to do yet but I'm exploring.”
Will Smith must really “respect artistry”, because Kanye's been in the studio with him. Gettinjiggywitit! (The Guardian)

“I wanted to find real men that have lived, that have struggled, cried. Have a life and spirit about them. I felt like this is an opportunity to show the strength and vulnerability in black people.”
Beyonce on her rather extraordinary performance of “Take My Hand, Precious Lord” at the Grammy’s. (YouTube)

“I hope that God opens her eyes and lets her breathe and lets her brain work and she gets a second chance.”
Kevin Costner on Bobbi Kristina Brown’s ongoing fight for life. (Nightline)

“We got back together in 2007 and it was the plan then. We thought 'We've got a bunch of songs, this would make a pretty good Mary Chain album' — and then there was the usual slaps and scratches between my brother and myself. 'I wanna do it here' and 'I don't' and then it was all 'Fuck you' and swinging at each other. The usual shit basically.”
There might be a new Jesus & Mary Chain album soon — if they can stop fighting for ten minutes… (NME)

“I've never heard Taylor's music. I've seen her. Physically, she looks similarly small-hipped and high cheekbones. I can see why they cast her. I don't know what her music sounds like, but I do know this — that if she's going to sing and play me, good luck.”
Joni Mitchell doesn’t think Taylor Swift can sing like her, if the rumored biopic ever goes ahead. (New York Magazine)

And finally, this Nine Inch Nails / Taylor Swift mash up is about to make your day better:

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