updated 02/11/2008 AT 7:00 AM ET
•originally published 02/11/2008 AT 7:45 AM ET
The collective “Oh, snap!” you heard Sunday night at the Grammy Awards was Kanye West getting ribbed by none other than … country nice guy Vince Gill???
Onstage to accept an award from Beatle Ringo Starr, Gill, who was an album of the year nominee along with West, joked, “I just got an award given to me by a Beatle. Have you had that happen yet, Kanye?”
Gill told reporters backstage that it was all in good fun – and that he doesn’t think he’s started a new rivalry.
“No, he was laughing,” Gill said. “I’m a smartass. You know, I can’t help it. He seemed to think that he and Amy [Winehouse] were the only ones worthy of the album of the year tonight. And I was just having some fun. He laughed, so it was all in good spirit.”