It’s been six years since Kanye West interrupted Taylor Swift’s VMAs acceptance speech by storming onstage and insisting that Beyonce Knowles should have won.
So both Beyonce and her husband, Kanye’s close pal Jay Z, recognised the signs when the rapper ran on to the stage at the Grammy Awards on Sunday night.
Beyonce and Jay Z’s hilarious reactions to his sprint towards the stage after Beck – who beat Beyonce to award for Album Of The Year – were captured on video and viewed around the world.
The usually composed rapper initially looked shocked and shook his head before breaking in to a cheeky grin when he realised what his pal was up to.
At first it appeared as if Kanye was planning to interrupt Beck’s speech but he quickly turned around and went back to his seat, revealing his run to the stage as a joke that fell flat.
Oh Kanye! Beyonce Knowles and Jay Z could not control their amusement at the rapper’s antics
However, backstage, things became a lot more heated.
Speaking to Khloe Kardashian, who was reporting for E!, Kanye launched into a scathing attack on Beck and organisers of the event.
‘We ain’t gonna play with them no more,’ Kanye began. ‘Beck needs to respect artistry and he should have given his award to Beyoncé.’
He continued: ‘At this point – we’re tired of it because what happens is, you keep on diminishing art and not respecting the craft and smacking people in the face after they deliver monumental music. You are disrespectful to inspiration.’
Kanye’s wife Kim looked shocked as she watched Kanye rant backstage, and eventually interrupted telling presenters they were due to catch a flight to New York.
However, she agreed with Kanye and told presenters she felt that Beyonce should have been given the award.
At one point Kim said ‘I wish he had of said something [on stage]’ and echoed Kanye’s sentiments about ‘fighting for creativity’.
She later showed her support by posting her own shock reaction to Beck’s win.
Kanye then began to criticise the event organisers cutting speeches short to make way for commercial breaks.
‘They run the music over the speeches because they want the commercial advertising – no we not playing with them no more,’ he added.
Back in 2009, Kanye hit the headlines when he stormed the stage at the VMAs, and told Taylor as she was accepting her award: ‘Yo, Taylor. I’m really happy for you; I’mma let you finish. But Beyonce had one of the best music videos of all time! One of the best videos of all time!’.
The move prompted uproar from viewers and other celebrities, with Katy Perry complaining that it was as if Kanye had just ‘stepped on a kitten’.
In an interview last year, Kanye spoke about the incident and said he needed ‘God, sex, and alcohol… a lot of sex’ to get over it.
Meanwhile, Beck told reporters that he agreed with Kanye and also thought Beyonce should win.
‘I was so excited he was coming up! He deserves to be on that stage,’ People have reported the rocker as saying backstage.
‘Absolutely I thought she was going to win,’ Beck added, about beating Beyonce in the category.
Asked if there was any hard feelings about Kanye’s stage attack, he said: ‘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?’.
But it wasn’t just Beck and Beyonce that got Kanye riled up backstage.
While being interviewed by Khloe Kardashian on Sunday night, Kanye also took aim at the network E! for their branding on their microphones.
ackstage rant: Kim nervously looks at Kanye as he launches into an attack on Beck
Showing her support: Kim posted this picture with John Legend and Chrissy Teigen with the caption ‘This is the Beck won that award face?!?!?!’
‘And by the way who designs these mics? Alright it’s E! We know!’ he said, taking issue with the fact that four presenters were all holding mics with E! branding on them.
‘We have to step up the taste levels at these networks,’ he said before ordering all four presenters to remove the E! logos from their mics.
He seemed to throw further shade at the networks as he talked about the important of beauty.
‘The Kardashians wouldn’t be famous if beauty wasn’t important!’ he said, and added that the Kardashians are more important than the network.
Recording academy president Neil Portnow said the almost-Kanye moment was part of the excitement of a live television show.
‘It’s unpredictable,’ he said.
‘You don’t know what’s going to happen. That turned out to be a fun moment at the end of the day.’
The drama certainly overshadowed British singer Sam Smith, who won four awards on the night.
Sam also took home the first award at the event on Sunday evening, handed to him by Taylor Swift.