Chick Corea and Beck Grammy Awards 2015

Scientologists Chick Corea and Beck take home multiple Grammy Awards while Kanye West tries to steal the show

Chick Corea and Beck Grammy Awards 2015

Left, Chick Corea in 2012. Photo by catwalker / Right, Beck in 2014. Photo by Christian Bertrand /

Music’s biggest night, the Grammy Awards, was good to Chick Corea and Beck, who surprised everyone, including Kanye West, with his Album of the Year win.

Sunday was a big night for musicians Beck and Chick Corea. Both are Scientologists who took home multiple Grammy Awards, with Beck winning the coveted Album of the Year.

In addition to Album of the Year, Beck also won Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical and Best Rock Album, for his 2014 release Morning Phase, beating out The Black Keys and U2.

Kanye West briefly attempted to crash Beck’s acceptance speech in objection to the Recording Academy’s decision to give the award to Beck and not Beyoncé. This was a throwback to 2009 when West interrupted Taylor Swift during her acceptance speech for Best Female Video, a category Beyoncé was also nominated in.

Speaking to E! after the show, “I just know that the Grammys, if they want real artists to keep coming back, they need to stop playing with us. We ain’t gonna play with them no more. And Beck needs to respect artistry and he should’ve given his award to Beyoncé.”

Beck responded to West’s criticism: “You can’t please everybody. I still love him and think he’s genius.”

The whole stunt caused #Beck to trend on Twitter in the U.S. overnight and well into Monday afternoon.

Soon after winning Album of the Year, Beck performed his song “Heart Is a Drum,” with guest Chris Martin of Coldplay.

Beck was raised as a Scientologist.

Beck is very open about his religion and “has had lots of benefits from it.” Beck is married to actress Marissa Ribisi, twin sister of actor Giovanni Ribisi. They are also Scientologists.

In a 2012 interview with Vulture, Beck said “Everybody is trying to figure out a way to deal with their issues and things that are unresolved. I mean, some things just don’t resolve. But whatever’s going to get you through. That’s my feeling about it.”

Both Beck and Chick Corea say you can’t deny the success of the religion’s humanitarian programs. Corea is involved with the church’s literacy, human rights, and anti-drug campaigns.

Chick Corea has now won 22 Grammy Awards. Last night he took home Best Improved Jazz Solo for “Fingerprints” and Best Jazz Instrumental Album for Trilogy.

Posing backstage at the #GRAMMYs with the latest statue!

A photo posted by Chick Corea (@chickcorea) on

Corea’s solo career as a pianist and composer began in 1966. In 1968, he replaced Herbie Hancock in Miles Davis’ band and has been active in music ever since.

In an interview with iRock Jazz, Corea praises the Church of Scientology’s materials and programs:

“The books, lectures, courses and social betterment plans that L. Ron Hubbard originated have been a source of continual inspiration to me since I first read his first published book, Dianetics – The Modern Science Of Mental Health. In order to make the music I want to make, I figure I need to stay healthy and alive – learning how to use Scientology correctly helps me accomplish that.”

Scientology has also helped Corea “handle and remove [his] own self-imposed barriers and restraints.”

Corea begins a tour next month with Herbie Hancock, who performed last night with Ed Sheeran, John Mayer, and Questlove.

Last night’s win for the two famous Scientologists comes in the midst of recent controversy swirling around Scientology and was therefore most likely very welcomed by Scientologists around the world.


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  • Well good for them, They’re talented and good people — Scientology aside — they deserved these awards.

  • It looks like Scientology is really helping these people. Good for them!

  • When I look at some of the Scientologists I’ve met, and the artists that are Scientology, I have to believe that most of the negative stuff out there about the religion is BS.

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