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Taylor Swift Talks Kanye West VMAs Incident

Taylor Swift Talks Kanye West VMAs Incident

At Sunday’s MTV Video Music Awards, Taylor Swift was interrupted by Kanye West during her acceptance speech for Best Female Video to say that Beyonce deserved to win. The 19-year-old country cutie opened up to reporters about the incident.

“Well, I was standing on stage because I was really excited because I had just won the award,” she said. “And then I was really excited because Kanye West was on stage. And then I wasn’t so excited anymore after that.”

Added Taylor, “I’ve been getting so many text messages and everybody’s been really nice. So I’ve had a really, really fun night. It’s been interesting definitely. It’s definitely been an interesting night… I don’t know him, and I’ve never met him, so… I don’t want to start anything because I had a great night tonight.”

When Beyonce won for Video of the Year, she let Taylor have the spotlight during her acceptance speech.

“They told me to stand by the side of the stage, and I didn’t really know what was going to go down,” Taylor said. “But I thought it was so wonderful and gracious of her to do what she’s always done. She’s always been a great person before anything else. Before the talented artist, the superstar, she’s always been a great person and I just, I thought I couldn’t love Beyonce more tonight, than tonight.”

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  • not_a_strawman

    So Beyonce’s graciousness was planned. Well, either way I’m glad Taylor got a do over! Not the same as the first time around, but she came out the big winner last night!

  • n00n

    All honor to Taylor for taking the high-road. From now on i’ll download Kanye illegally. He’s being a bitch if I ever saw one

  • erica

    Taylor Swift handled this incident graciously and with class, as did Beyonce. Kanye needs to learn him some class, because the man keeps putting his feet in his mouth wherever he goes. Or maybe he needs therapy, I don’t know, point is he needs to stop doing this to other artists. We get he’s outspoken, but now he’s just being a complete asshole.

  • Kate bosselin

    It’s a good thing Kanye’s mother isnt alive to see what a waste of human he’s become.

  • Tealeaf

    She is so much more mature then the 32 year jackass, Great things are going to happen to her…cause she is such a sweet person.

  • blower

    Why does MTV invite this douchebag? I can’t believe that he would steal that moment from a young star, that’s a new low even for him.

  • not_a_strawman

    @Kate bosselin:
    I think she would be be terribly upset to know what he did.
    I don’t know how he can recover from this one… He really screwed up!! I’ve never seen such an epic fail! The night before people were praising him for the show he did with Jay-Z. Man, what a swift fall from grace…

  • Me

    Beyonce’s graciousness wasn’t planned. It was Beyonce’s surprise to Taylor Swift after that douche bag aka Kanye West did to her

  • dundies

    kayne west is no different than megan fox, except for the bunch of funbags that keep you from hating on her

  • lulz

    Oh come on J, I don’t like Taylor’s songs either, I’m way more of a Kanye fan, but it is not okey for him to do that. He does not own MTV, he shouldn’t be able to act like a total crybaby every time someone gets an award he doesn’t think they deserve. It’s a low blow stealing that moment from taylor

  • Sweetie pie

    Taylor Swift is a witch for upstaging Beyonce.

  • LOLA


    he is such an idiot for making her feel like that after winning an award SHE DESERVED.

  • wendy

    After the next category Beyonce told the producer she wants to give Taylor a chance to have a proper acceptance speech, if she wins.So they knew that Beyonce will win, and told Swift to be prepared backstage, what is wrong with that? It does NOT take away from the fact that Beyonce choose to do it, she couldnt have just said thank you and left, so please haters get a life.And i aint even a B fan, damn some bitter people!!

  • rick

    F…U kanye what a little bit ch finally showed what ur worth, taylors mom should have ran u over with her car big jerk.

  • not_a_strawman

    It always come down to this right?
    Forget all the blacks who are disgusted at Kanye’s rudeness. No, it’s better to come out with racial slurs and demean an entire group.
    You make me sick! You’re lucky you’re behind a screen or I’d beat the sh!t out of you.

  • LOLA


    I agree with you 150 TRILLION percent.
    he shouldn’t be such a child about people who win awards over someone he favours. it’s just not right.

  • lalalove

    I guess Beyonce informed the producers to have her stand by the stage. How sweet of her.

  • LeviKlein

    What upsets me the most is that nobody’s gonna talk about the amazing tribute to MJ by Janet, or Lady Gaga’s outrageous performance, or Pink’s crazy ass trapezist swag, or even Russel Brand, who never fails to amaze me with the new kind of douchebagness of his. No, all we will talk and remember about this epic night, is this a-hole of Kanye West humiliating a young artist on live television, because he couldn’t keep his ego tucked in his trousers.

    I like Kanye West’s music, I find it entertaining. Taylor Swift, not so much. But last night, the Douchebag made me want to vomit in my mouth…. Not a fan anymore. And props to Taylor and Beyoncé, they handled everything so gracefully.

  • lalalove


    That’s uncall for. If I’m not mistaking his girlfriend if HALF white.

  • lalalove


    Hear, hear.

    Totally uncall for.

  • Disgusted

    Money does not buy class. Even a child would know that is not something you do. What did he think it was? A Jerry Springer show? Kudos to Taylor Swift for handling this whole brouhaha with so much class. Kanye, you weren’t even up for this award but you’ve certainly lost big time.

  • Maria

    Gracious Taylor Swift handled it beautifully. Classy Beyonce handled it morally. Both are upstanding human beings. It’s a shame the likes of Kanye will continue to stir the race divide in this country.

  • Amanda

    I think Beyonce and Taylor Swift should record a song together.

  • patty


    There is no race divide. There are differences of opinions on most issues. In this case however, this issue is race transcendant with Kanye West near universally deplored for what he did.

  • Kayne is stoo-pid

    #1strawman,NO ,BEYONCE and her father/manager DID NOT plan paln it like you are implying .

    I KNOW they had major damage control to do for Beyonce being embarrassed by Kayne.She has a great fashion line in major stores and good reputation.

    If Beyonce had not won,she would have released a big statement in favor of Tyalor and yeah,clearing herself from Kayne’s rudeness.

  • Kayne is stoo-pid


    Ummmm,you might have something there.Tell Matthew Knowles, if he has not thought it up before.

  • not_a_strawman

    @Kayne is stoo-pid:
    According to Taylor, “They told me to stand by the side of the stage, and I didn’t really know what was going to go down.”
    That implies following Kanye’s outburst they decided to invite her up in the event that Beyonce won an award. By they I mean Beyonce team + MTV staff. That right there shows it was planned + coordinated in advance, so it wasn’t spur of the moment when Beyonce asked Taylor to join her on stage.
    It doesn’t take away from the sweetness. In fact, I think it was damn smart to do and a wonderful opportunity to salvage the night for Taylor.
    I don’t think it was Beyonce’s original idea, but regardless we’ll never know. It still was the right thing to do.

  • miapocca

    Get a life litte did not deserve the win..Only a few months a ago you were busy trying to embarass one of the Jonas brothers, now its your turn..

    Kaye west is pyscho and should be in the nut house

  • baker

    I think this just proves Kanye’s d-baggery. There is PR-stunts, and then there is just embarrassments. This shows Kanye West for what he is, inflated ego and all. What makes him think he can stand as judge?
    Kanye was way more of an artist before, I loved his first album. His newer stuff sucks a$s

  • miapocca

    Kanye west is on Drugs , not helped by Amber rose…just another anna nicole micheal jackson fiasco waiting to happen!

  • asia87

    @J: You suck if you think that Kanye was right. That idiot has no class and neither do you.

  • usher

    @Sweetie pie:

    shut up

  • Jill

    # 14 Sweetie pie @ 09/14/2009 at 11:51 am
    Taylor Swift is a witch for upstaging Beyonce.

    Don’t make yourself out to be more stupid than you already are. Beyonce gave Taylor the mike and the floor. It was a very gracious and decent thing to do, and Taylor appreciated it very much.

  • Caitlin

    You don’t HAVE to like Taylor Swift. Many people don’t. But the people voted for Taylor, therefore she wins. I enjoyed both Beyonce and Taylor’s video, as well the other nominees’, and my own opinion does NOT affect the fact that what Kanye did was extremely rude. Career-ending, to say the least. Taylor dealt with what was happening gracefully and respectfully. Beyonce did what was that right thing to do, give Taylor her time. Beyonce is amazing for that, and I could never be in awe of her as I am now. Beyonce did NOT have to do that. I feel terribly sorry to Taylor for what happened last night, and I do not appreciate what Kanye did. I know Taylor will handle it with a smile on her face, because thats what she always does. I never have been a Kanye fan per se, but I definitely am not now. What he did was uncalled for, and ALL of the American people should shun him for this. Chris Crocker has said that he supports Kanye and thinks we are all mad at him fbecause he’s black. He believes if Kanye was white, we wouldn’t react as badly. This is simply not true. Beyonce is black and she did not think it was right. She is as mad as we are. Kanye has been known for these kind of stints and his huge ego, and the loss of his mother does not excuse that. I feel sorry that he lost his mother, but he should not use that as a get out of jail free card. And if he was drunk last night, that still does NOT excuse his actions, because he does these things drunk or sober. It comes down to:
    Kanye was an ass, Taylor had class.

  • dogdj

    kanye is an idiot. Does he not realize what he is doing to his image. Oh well though, selfless incidents like this will only hurt Kanye and help Taylor Swift.

  • miapocca

    The power of the teen dollar says taylor swift can sing!!

  • joey

    never really been a fan of beyonce or taylor swift, but i will go out and BUY both of their albums today to show my support for TWO classy females.

  • Ani Thompson

    I’m sure Beyonce was the one who planned it and not the producers and whatnot! They’d have no right to use up HER acceptance speech time! I’m positive that it was Beyonce’s idea, in the event that she won, to allow Taylor Swift to speak. That’s just the kind of woman she is. She’s always been very humble, gracious, classy, nice, and just a wonderful person. Don’t give MTV the credit for her actions, that was all B!! And T-Swift rocks!! Kanye, “how could you be so heartless?” Really? It was Taylor! Congrats girly and Kanye, learn to shut up sometimes will ya!

  • Moron

    Kanye has always been the biggest moron in the music industry. What he did was inappropriate, unclassy and rude. He thinks that just because he’s given the chance to shine with his music he should be allowed to do whatever he wants but that’s not the case. He’s lost alot of fans just like Chris Brown. Thank goodness Taylor handled the situation like a lady because if I was Taylor I would have kicked him in the balls.

  • wm

    What a jackass! I think Kanye should get together with Chris Brown. They’re both jackasses!

  • Brit

    And yet they keep inviting him after the last meltdown when he didnt win. MTV just have to learn his lesson. He has become an jacka/ss every since his mother died. Either he didn’t get the right counsler or no one paid attention to him and he is just acting out. Someone should have put him in his place right then and there. Diddy should have. He has no problem putting others in their place but didn’t speak to Kanye. Well this is a great lesson to up coming celebs. DO NOT DRINK AT THE PRE-SHOW

  • grip22

    Neither MTV nor Beyonce’s handlers asked Beyonce to do that. Taylor Swift is one of Beyonce’s biggest fans and Beyonce was shocked by what Kanye did. MTV was going to allow Taylor to give a speech outside in front of Radio City at the end of the show, but Beyonce told producers before she performed that if she won an award that night, she wanted to let Taylor go ahead and give her speech. Her handlers first made mention of giving Taylor a shout out during her speech if she won, but Beyonce was the one who suggested she just let Taylor come up on the stage and give her speech. This all played out backstage with many witnesses hearing Beyonce say, “It was Taylor’s FIRST MTV award! A shout out won’t give her that moment back.”

  • Bianca from Brazil

    Kanye West is patetic and ridiculous!!!

  • Ava jean

    @not_a_strawman: probably. or because the producers already talked to Beyonce that she won Video of the Year and then she talked that Taylor can have her time. ;)

    i gained more respect for Beyonce and lost my respect for Kanye. he’s a major loser.

  • star

    Everyone loves taylor because she really is a good person, no ego and real. Kanye is disliked because his ego is huge, hes an ass, talks way too much especially about himself and thinks he deseves something which he doesn’t. I am not big fans of either especially Kanye because personally I dont think hip hop is good music…unfortunatley a lot of others do. And off topic but still about vma’s , I like beyonce but her husband jay-z is a racist egomaniac. Hes not as important as he makes himself out to be.Of course you will not hear about his racist words because the media is mainly leftist and doesn’t care.

  • tc

    Kanye hates white people!!! I think he thinks other black artists are always more deserving and he seems to only pull these antics on white artist. Come on it’s the Grammys. I guess MTV wants the publicity, cause if not I would ban someone like him from events like this.

  • Mariscella

    did beyonce not look shocked but pleased when kanye did that? she didn’t exactly look horrifed when it happened. to me, she looked happily surprised actually, laughing and all. if someone were truly appalled by his actions their expression would show it.

  • mertz

    yeah i read this on rolling stone after the awards.

    kanye is still a douche.

    and i think i’m pretty sure that beyonce knew what she was gonna do cause i saw her dad nod to her.

    and i heard jay z say to the crowd about lil mama that she’s tpaining too much.

    apparently (from rolling stone’s site/blog or whatever recap i was reading) kanye didn’t even talk to taylor or mrs smith after the fact, and wale got boo’d for trying to calm down the crowd and saying that it’s okay for everyone to have an opinion :). lol. i’m glad people boo’d kanye because it doesn’t matter if you are a fan of him or his music or a taylor swift fan. wrong is as wrong does and that whack apology wasn’t much of an i’m sorry it all because i was laughing too hard. it wasn’t sincere. he must love the cognac!

  • tone deaf

    which video did kanye think deserve to win? the butt-slapping one?


    Kanye WEst is a CrackHead!!!!! He has no class, this is not the first time he exploded, he did that years ago when he didn’t an award on one of the event. He is an embarassment to Black race. He is not Human, he’s an ANIMAL!!!!!!! Low Class species living in this earth.