— -- Everyone thought Kanye West was just kidding Sunday night when he pretended to jump onstage to interrupt Beck's Grammy speech after his win for Best Album of the Year.
But, alas, he wasn't.
For him, that was just holding back.
The Grammy-winning rapper spoke to E! News after the show to explain.
"All I know is if the Grammys want real artists to keep coming back, they need to stop playing with us. We ain't gonna play with them no more. 'Flawless,' Beyoncé video. Beck needs to respect artistry and he should have given his award to Beyoncé, and at this point, we tired of it," West said, with his wife Kim Kardashian at his side.
He continued, "Because what happens is, when you keep on diminishing art and not respecting the craft and smacking people in the face after they deliver monumental feats of music, you're disrespectful to inspiration and we as musicians have to inspire people who go to work every day and they listen to that Beyoncé album and they feel like it takes them to another place."
West was not happy that Beck's album "Morning Phase" beat out Beyonce's for the big Grammy win. He continued to rant about what he considers a slight to a better album. But he said the only reason he didn't "really" interrupt Beck was his family.
"Then they do this whole promotional event, they'll run the music over somebody's speech, the artist, because they want commercial advertising. Like, no, we not playing with them no more. By the way, I got my wife, my daughter and my clothing line, so I'm not going to do nothing to put my daughter at risk but I am here to fight for creativity. That's the reason why I didn't say anything tonight. But you all know what it meant when 'Ye walks on the stage," he said.
After Beck, 44, beat out Beyoncé for Album of the Year, West took the stage before smiling, shaking his head and descending, as the crowd roared with laughter.
"Come back! Come back!" Beck said to him.
After the show, Beck handled the moment well, telling reporters, according to People magazine, "I was so excited he was coming up! He deserves to be on that stage."
He added that even he thought Beyonce was going to win.
"Absolutely I thought she was going to win," Beck added. "You can't please everybody. I still love him and think he's genius. I aspire to what he does. How many great records has he put out in the last five years, right?"
The moment drew parallels to West's actions in 2009, when he famously interrupted Swift as she accepted the Best Female Video award, telling her, "Yo, Taylor, I'm really happy for you. ... but Beyoncé had one of the best videos of all time."