It was the ripe year of 2009, when a bright-eyed Taylor Swift entered the pop sphere. It was before her angsty Bad Reputation phase and before she had beef with Katy Perry and Justin Bieber. But little did anyone know that it’d be the beginning of her on-again, off-again feud with the one and only Kanye West.
Nabbing the award for the Best Female Video category for ‘You Belong With Me’ – of which beat Beyonce’s ‘Put A Ring On It’ hit – the artist took to the stage for her acceptance speech. Wearing a glistening bejewelled gown and her blonde signature curls, she begun with, “Thank you so much! I always dreamed about what it would be like to maybe win one of these some day, but I never actually thought it would have happened. I sing country music so thank you so much for giving me a chance to win a VMA award.”
Before the then-20-year-old could continue, a more than ever entitled Kanye West stormed the stage and snatched the microphone. “Yo Taylor, I’m really happy for you, I’ll let you finish, but Beyoncé has one of the best videos of all time. One of the best videos of all time!”
The audience including a mortified Beyoncé were left shocked at what had happened which quickly sparked a standing ovation in support for the young artist from a packed Radio City Hall. Her fleeting minutes had been used and she was ushered off the stage.
Sources said Swift was seen backstage in tears, while West was thrown out following the incident. However as Beyoncé won the category for Best Music Video of the year, she brought Swift back on stage to give her the moment she deserved.
West ultimately sparked a media storm of criticism, to which he took to his past blog to apologise:
“I’m sooooo sorry to taylor swift and her fans and her mom. I spoke to her mother right after and she said the same thing my mother would’ve said. She is very talented! I like the lyrics about being a cheerleader and she’s in the bleachers! i’m in the wrong for going on stage and taking away from her moment!. beyonce’s video was the best of this decade! I’m sorry to my fans if I let you guys down! I’m sorry to my friends at mtv. I will apologize to taylor 2mrw. welcome to the real world! everybody wanna booooo me but i’m a fan of real pop culture! No disrespect but we watchin’ the show at the crib right now cause … well you know! i’m still happy for taylor! Boooyaaawwww! you are very very talented! I gave my awards to outkast when they deserved it over me… that’s what it is!! i’m not crazy yall, i’m just real. Sorry for that! I really feel bad for taylor and i’m sincerely sorry! Much respect!!”
After leaving the country for an extended period of time, West returned and responded to the incident on The Ellen Degeneres Show. Tune in below.