Kanye West headlined the Glastonbury festival in Scotland on Saturday night, but found himself on the wrong end of the interruption tactic by comedian Lee Nelson.
Scotland's Glastonbury festival is one of the world's most famous and anticipated annual events. This year Kanye West helped headline the music event but faced a bit of predicament: a Swifting via fan. West's infamous interruption of Taylor Swift's award speech at the MTV Music Awards in 2009 just earned him a return favor on Saturday night.
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Per The Guardian, comedian Lee Nelson pranked the American singer during the set's fourth song, "Black Skinhead." Pulled off stage by security, he tweeted "I Kanye’d Kanye. That was for you @taylorswift13."
Speaking in 2009, the rapper told the young artist, "Taylor, I’m really happy for you, and I’m gonna let you finish, but Beyonce had one of the best videos of all time!" Playing up the angle, he interrupted Beck's Grammy speech this year for Best Album, instead of Beyonce's sleeper album that broke the internet in late 2013.
Performing in denim jeans and jacket with paint splattered everywhere, West restarted the song and continued the rest of his performance. As one of the most controversial headliners in recent years, over 100,000 people signed a petition to have them replaced. Acting unaffected by the petition, the Heartbreaker thanked his fans for showing up and supporting his career.
During Touch the Sky, he walked off stage and told organizers "that’s not what we rehearsed in the dressing room." Appearing moments later, the performer was elevated over the crowd for Touch the Sky and All of the Lights. Serving music for 90 minutes, the Chicago native ended the show with All Falls Down. Telling the crowd, "You are now watching the greatest living rock star on the planet."
Then again, the rapper did attempt to cover Bohemian Rhapsody as only he can...off-key. Queen and David Bowie might disagree on "the greatest living rock star" label, however.
Or perhaps the Foo Fighters may, who were forced to cancel due to Dave Grohl’s leg injury. Billboard quoted the former Nirvana singer on what to possibly expect.
“I don't know that much about Kanye's music but right now Kanye vs. Glastonbury is about as close to that old school [clashing] vibe as you're going to get," said the Times Like These writer.
"I don't know who the dude is that started the petition but I think every one of those votes is only fueling Kanye's f----- fire and it could be the greatest show of all time."
There’s the flipside, too. "It could be a fucking disaster. It could be Altamont.” Altamont refers to The Rolling Stones’ concert at Altamont Speedway in San Francisco where violence overtook the venue, losing the spectacular reverence of rock gods.
Thankfully, Grohl’s possible prediction didn’t turn out to be true at all.
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Of course, the added twist to this for American audiences is the fact Lee Nelson isn't real. It's a character performed by Simon Brodkin, similar to Sacha Baron Cohen's Borat. Leading up to the event, Brodkin played the Nelson character on Twitter, wearing a satirical "Lee-zus" shirt to reference West's own Yeezus moniker.