The rapper rushed the stage at the 2009 ceremony in protest over Swift’s victory after she won Best Female Video for ‘You Belong With Me’.
As he argued that Beyonce should have won for ‘Single Ladies’, West shouted: “Yo, Taylor, I’m really happy for you I’mma let you finish, but Beyonce had one of the best videos of all time! Of all time!”
Now, ten years on, Swift has released a diary entry that reflects her feelings on the event. Included in the deluxe edition of ‘Lover’, the entry sees Swift ruminate on the incident in its immediate aftermath.
“If you had told me that one of the biggest stars in music was going to jump up onstage and announce that he thought I shouldn’t have won on live television, I would’ve said ‘That stuff doesn’t really happen in real life..” she wrote.
“Well … apparently …. It does”.
10 years ago Kanye West took the microphone from Taylor Swift during her acceptance speech at the #VMAs and made one of the most infamous moments in the show’s history.
“I’mma let you finish, but…” pic.twitter.com/mhXooktaXJ
— XXL Magazine (@XXL) August 26, 2019
She later admitted: “Let’s just say, if you had told me Kanye West would have been the number one focus of my week, the media, and my part in the VMA’s I would’ve looked at you crossed eyed.”
Last night, Swift returned to the VMAs and called on the White House to respond to the Equality Act petition featured in her video for ‘You Need To Calm Down’ as she collected the award for Video Of The Year.
At the end of the video for the second single from ‘Lover’, Swift sent a message to viewers asking them to “show our pride by demanding that, on a national level, our laws truly treat all of our citizens equally”.