Top of the Morning: Kanye West’s Concert Behavior, Nicki Minaj Drops in on Beyonce and More

Lindsay Hood

By Lindsay Hood

on 09.15.14 in News

Greetings! Top of the Morning is your daily AM news round-up. We paid attention over the weekend and gathered relevant tidbits to share over that first cup of coffee.

At a concert in Sydney on Friday, Kanye West ordered the entire crowd on their feet and then stopped the show when he spotted two people in the crowd who did not comply to his wishes. The rest of the audience immediately started to boo and scream at the targeted concertgoers and West sent security over to check out the issue. As the minutes passed, West said, “This is the longest I’ve had to wait to do a song. It’s unbelievable,” only to discover that the two people were disabled and unable to stand. Instead of quietly absorbing this information, West continued to ask about their disabilities and finally launched into a rendition of “The Good Life” without apologizing or acknowledging his mistake. Kanye West, ladies and gentlemen. Freaking champion of the people.

Meanwhile, over in Sweden, Pharrell invited Gudrun Schyman, the leader of the Feminist Initiative party, up on stage while he sang “Blurred Lines.” (Just kidding, he sang “Happy.”)

Tyler, the Creator took his usual levelheaded approach while revealing thoughts about the new U2 album:

Only to quickly change his mind:

Allegedly his iPod would not stop playing Songs of Innocence of its own accord until Tyler recanted.

Kendrick Lamar is set to play a show with Calvin Harris and Ellie Goulding in the Bermuda Triangle. Sponsored by Bacardi, apparently 1,862 concert winners will fly to the island of Palomino on Halloween to watch the three artists perform for several days — which not only sounds like a ridiculous marketing stunt, but the beginning of a very bad slasher flick.

Calvin Cooksey, the father of Frank Ocean, is reportedly suing Def Jam founder Russell Simmons for $142 million. Cooksey claims that Simmons’s website Global Grind referred to him as a “deadbeat dad.” Although this seems to be the only mention of Cooksey, Ocean’s father still seems to think that it’s hurt his future chances at being a singer, writer and inventor. While it does not seem as if Cooksey has actually sung, written or invented anything in his lifetime, he’s nothing if not persistent when it comes to his lawsuits.

This weekend, Beyoncé and Jay-Z held the last show of their On the Run tour in Paris. Concert footage was circling the web, specifically a guest appearance by Nicki Minaj on the remix of “***Flawless,” but the video has been removed. (Probably since Bey controls just about everything in the world now.) But you can still see Nicki’s entrance courtesy of her Instagram account. (Side note, we really hope that they invited this little girl to the show because, at this point, everyone would much rather see Beyoncé than Obama.)

Also don’t be too upset about that missing video. The concert was filmed for Bey and Jay’s upcoming HBO special so you’ll still have a chance to check it out on September 20. In the meantime, you can watch their other cinematic adventures.