NASHVILLE -- Faith Hill says she's no Kanye West -- but then again he isn't either. The country music superstar says she was "joking" when she screamed "WHAT?" in apparent anger after losing the female vocalist of the year award to 2005 American Idol champion Carrie Underwood at the Country Music Association Awards ceremony Monday night in Nashville.
Kanye West, you may remember, stormed the stage at the MTV Europe Music Awards in Denmark last week, interrupting the winners' speech, claiming his video deserved the "Best Video" Award for "Touch the Sky," which lost to Justice vs. Simian's project "We Are Your Friends."
"I'm not Kanye West," said Hill in an interview with Country Music TV's Calvin Gilbert. "Right off the top of my head I can name a bunch of ways. He's male; I'm not. He does hip hop; I do country, sort of. He's black; I'm white, definitely, really white. Do you want me to go on?"
"What's more, I deserved to win Female Vocalist of The Year, Kanye didn't," Hill said. "Further, I stole the spotlight without resorting to 'storming the stage.' If you're in front of a camera you really don't need to go anywhere, you know."
"The idea that I would act disrespectful towards a fellow musician is unimaginable to me," Hill said in a press release issued Tuesday morning by Hill's New York-based publicist, Paul Freundlich. "If Carrie was a musician, I wouldn't have acted like I did," she added.
According to her manager, Gary Borman, "She was being playful. West, on the other hand, was drunk."
The New York Post Gossip Column initially reported West's tirade was a publicity stunt, but being so out of character with his humble public persona, the disgruntled rant was almost universally assumed to be a fun-loving prank.
His apology, made in an interview with MTV UK, certainly cleared things up for the few doubters. "I don't have anything against the group that won," said West. "I'm gonna download their album right now. I didn't mean to be offensive in any way. I love you guys. I never heard of you (but) I am your friend."
After winning "American Idol," Underwood has become a triple platinum success, releasing her debut album late last year. Hill is a longtime darling of country music with crossover pop appeal. West is a black guy.
Copyright 2006, Douglas Salguod