DATE: 11/15/2004 09:41:00 AM
Too Much Self-Esteem Curriculum? - Last night, performer Kayne West was nominated for three American Music Awards and lost. Disappointing, yes, but hardly worthy of this reaction:
Backstage, West vented his disappointment over being shut out in all of his three nominations. "I feel I was definitely robbed...I was the best new artist this year," West said. "I don't know if I'll be back at this award show next year."The mental image that comes to mind is that of a kid who doesn't get what he wants throwing a tantrum, complete with stomped feet and cries of 'I don't want to play with you guys anymore!' It seems the concept of gracious loss doesn't compute with Mr. West. Most performers, when they lose at one of these stupid events, talk about what an honor it was to be nominated and compliment the winners. Even if the comments are delivered through gritted teeth, it's still the polite and gracious thing to do. After all, thousands of young artists don't make it as far as Mr. West or his contemporaries.
Instead, we get this explosion of hypercharged self-esteem: "I was the best new artist this year." Next thing you know, Mr. West will be demanding a recount and talking about how the Diebold voting machines were rigged for Ms. Wilson. From what I've read, Mr. West is talented at his chosen profession, but if he doesn't improve his public persona, all that talent may be for naught. One can only hope that he's attempting to burnish his 'bad boy' image to better sell his product. Because if he's not, then we're forced to conclude that Mr. West may just be a sore loser and something of a whiner.