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Today’s Music News: Kanye says the Best Album Grammy should’ve gone to Beyoncé, Beck says he thought it would’ve

Although Kanye West stopped short of actually yanking the Best Album Grammy out of Beck‘s hands, he still thinks it should have gone to Beyoncé—and what’s more, he thinks Beck should hand the statuette over. “When you keep on diminishing art and not respecting the craft and smacking people in their face after they deliver monumental feats of music,” he said about the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences voters, “you’re disrespectful to inspiration.” When asked about West’s comment that the award should have gone to Beyoncé, Beck replied, “Absolutely. I thought she was going to win. Come on, she’s Beyoncé!” (Pitchfork)

Later, a Facebook post by Shirley Manson of Garbage resonated with many readers: “In attempting to reduce the importance of one great talent over another, you make a mockery of all musicians and music from every genre, including your own,” wrote Manson in comments directed at Kanye. “I am pretty certain Beyoncé doesn’t need you fighting any battles on her account. Seems like she’s got everything covered perfectly well on her own.”

Meanwhile, the music world is buzzing by comments on the Grammys red carpet by producer Detail, who says he’s working on a project with Jay-Z and Beyoncé together and that he hopes a full album from the married superstars will be released this year. (Billboard)

Best Alternative Album winner St. Vincent thanked her fans in a long e-mail, sharing memories of her touring travails over the year. (Pitchfork)

Monday night on Jimmy Kimmel, Morris Day and the Time joined Haim to perform “Jungle Love” as “Morris Day and the Haim.” (Local Current)

The Replacements have announced a 12-stop U.S. spring tour—though there aren’t any Minnesota dates slated as of yet. (Local Current)

Alabama Shakes have announced a new album: Sound & Color will be released on April 21. They shared a first single, “Don’t Wanna Fight.” (Consequence of Sound)

Bob Dylan‘s new album Shadows in the Night has topped the U.K. album chart, his eighth album to do so. His first U.K. chart-topper, The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan, hit number one on the British charts in 1964. (Billboard)

On Sunday night in Spokane, Washington, Sleater-Kinney played their first show together in nine years. Their opener was Lizzo, who will continue to tour with the pioneering indie-rock trio and will open for them at First Avenue on Feb. 14. Check out Sleater-Kinney’s set list at NME.

The first official trailer for the N.W.A. biopic Straight Outta Compton has been released. Watch the (NSFW, needless to say) clip at Rolling Stone. The film is scheduled for release on Aug. 14.

David BowieTina Turner, and Phil Collins are among the names turned up by an international investigation of thousands of Swiss bank account holders. (Local Current) If Bowie—a Swiss resident—still uses his account, you can help him stuff it by purchasing a new 7″ picture-disc release of “Changes,” which Bowie will release on Record Store Day. (NME)

Joseph Grado, a watchmaker who switched over to stereo equipment and founded the noted headphone manufacturer Grado Labs, has died at age 90. (Billboard)