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dateline: 09 February 2015

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Kanye West Steals The Limelight at the Grammys

Pre-Listening Vocabulary

  • steal the limelight: to get more attention than anyone else
  • Grammys: Grammy Awards Show; annual music awards
  • storm: to suddenly rush to an area
  • pull a stunt: to perform a trick or joke
  • disrespect: to dishonour
  • recipient: the person who receives something
  • hand over: to reluctantly give something to someone else

Kanye West Steals The Limelight at the Grammys

American rapper Kanye West stole the limelight at the Grammys on Sunday night when he stormed the as Beck accepted Album of the Year. Kayne had a similar stunt when Beyonce lost Video of the Year to Taylor Swift at the MTV Music Awards in 2009. After the Grammys, Kanye told reporters that the Grammys “disrespected artistry” by not giving the award to Beyonce, rightful recipient. He also stated that Beck should have handed over his award to Beyonce. Ironically, Kanye West was also seen Taylor Swift’s hand at the Grammys.

Comprehension Questions

    1. Who won Album of the Year at the 2015 Grammys?
    2. How did Kanye West react after the winner was announced?
    3. Why does the report mention Taylor Swift?

Discussion Questions: Celebrities do many things to attract media attention. Do you think this was all planned as a publicity stunt? If yes, which artists were involved?

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Written and recorded by Tara Benwell for EnglishClub
Tara Benwell is a Canadian freelance writer and editor who specializes in materials and articles for the ELT industry.
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