6 Years Ago: Taylor Swift’s ‘You Belong With Me’ Wins Best Female Video at MTV Music Awards
Six years ago today (Sept. 13, 2009) might be a day that Taylor Swift would just as soon forget. What started out as a joyous occasion, with Swift giving a heartfelt acceptance speech after winning Best Female Video at the MTV Video Music Awards, turned into an awkward moment, when she was interrupted by rapper Kanye West.
West, who walked on stage as the then-19-year-old was speaking, took the microphone from her and protested that Beyonce‘s "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)" should have taken home the trophy.
"Beyonce had one of the best videos of all time. Of all time!” West said.
The disruption resulted in boos from the crowd, leaving the stunned teen speechless while the audience stood and cheered their support for her. Swift got a chance to finish her speech thanks to Beyonce herself, who graciously used her time after winning Video of the Year to allow Swift to say her thanks.
While Swift may have been momentarily left speechless by the incident, she had plenty to say about West's outlandish behavior later.
“I was standing on stage because I was really excited because I had just won the award,” she said after the incident. “And then I was really excited because Kanye West was on stage. And then I wasn’t so excited anymore after that.”
Swift went on to praise Beyonce for the thoughtful way she handled the event.
“I thought it was so wonderful and gracious of her to do what she’s always done,” she added. “She’s always been a great person before anything else. Before the talented artist, the superstar, she’s always been a great person.”
West, who was removed from the show after the interruption, issued a public apology to Swift.
“I feel like Ben Stiller in Meet the Parents, when he messed up everything and Robert De Niro asked him to leave,” he said. “That was Taylor’s moment, and I had no right in any way to take it from her. I am truly sorry.”
Swift returned to the VMA stage in 2010 and performed the song "Innocent," from her Speak Now album. With lines like, "Time turns flames to embers / You'll have new Septembers / Every one of us has messed up, too / Minds change like the weather / I hope you remember / Today is never too late to be brand new," some speculate that the song was her offer of forgiveness for West's rude behavior.
And, six years later, the two officially made peace, thanks in part to Jay Z. In fact, after the 2015 Grammy Awards -- at which Swift and West were spotted chatting -- West hinted that he and Swift could record together in the future.
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