The time Kanye West interrupted Taylor Swift

The time Kanye West interrupted Taylor Swift

Kanye West stunned the world when he interrupted future frenemy Taylor Swift’s best female video acceptance speech for “You Belong with Me” at the 2009 VMAs. Just when the country-turned-pop star was about to speak, the rapper hopped up on stage, grabbed the microphone, and said, “Yo Taylor, I’m really happy for you, I’ma let you finish, however BeyoncĂ© had one in all the most effective videos of all time! One of the best videos of all time!” West handed the mic back to a mortified Swift with a shrug, the audience booed, and an equally shocked BeyoncĂ© later invited Swift back on stage to took the total factor without becoming upset, telling the press, “I don’t know him and I don’t want to start anything.”

For his part, West opened up about the infamous move on The Ellen DeGeneres Show the following year. Explaining that he saw himself as a “soldier of culture” who needed to point out deserving artists who were continually denied acclaim, he also realized, “No one wants that to be my job.” However, he later chalked his public apologies up to peer pressure, telling The New York Times in 2013, “If anyone’s reading this waiting for some type of full-on, flat apology for all the world, they ought to simply stop reading immediately.”

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