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Kanye West Interrupts Taylor Swift’s Acceptance Speech on 2009 MTV Video Music Awards

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Kanye West rushes the stage while Taylor Swift was thanking people for her award for “Best Female Video”. He says “I’ll let you finish, but Beyonce had one of the best videos ever.”

The audience started booing Kanye.

Boo! That has got to be one of the most disrespectful acts I have ever seen on live TV. What a disgrace Kanye. Boo! Boo! Boo!

Although: I bet Kanye West does the Single Ladies dance at home and couldn’t stand the idea that Beyonce lost.

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Joanna
Joanna

Taylor Swift is my FAVOURITE SINGER EVER.
she is an honest person, and so kind & cute. she didn't deserve that AT ALL! think of how she must've felt after stupid kanye said that ! I can't believe him ! :@. Go taylor !!!!

Chris
Chris

Kanye Wast is a fucking Douche.

ANTI KANYE
ANTI KANYE

Kanye west is a poser anyways,all his songs are lame and have no back bone....in other words WEAK!

Now I'm not a fan of Taylor Swift ether so personally it doesn't matter to me who got the award but this man has NO class at all.

First off he put Beyonce on the spot and I can guarantee she said something about it to him or had one of her people do it for her.

Remember everyone....he's a poser with no class,are you going to support that? if so I would have to say that you have no class.

Ronnie
Ronnie

He is just the type of black person who gives black people a bad name. He obviously lacks education & manners. Talk about the biggest chip on his shoulder. You know, you can say "I'm sorry" on TV & is that okay? OR is he just following his manager's advice to try to salvage what is left of his career? S**T, he could even sing "Heartless." He's a douchbag 100%.

Ashley
Ashley

wow okay, yah what Kanye did was wrong but come one he said he was sorry on t.v wat else could u ask from him? dont get me wrong i love taylor swift but Kanye had a right to speek his mind. i love them both still , n. nothing either on of them can do to change that

Blank Slate
Blank Slate

Just wondering now why Taylor Swift is in a different dress when she came out as per Beyonce's invitation to thank people for her earlier award. I thought the only one who went through wardrobe changes was Lady Gag-Gag!

ColorMeAquarii
ColorMeAquarii

Did Beyonce do it because she was truly classy and gracious? Or was she just trying to save face? Who really knows? But you can't just *assume* that she had anything to do with Kanye's meltdown.

Perhaps they got Taylor ready backstage early IN CASE Beyonce won (which is so happens she did and it all worked out). Or maybe Beyonce's people asked MTV if she was going to win - perhaps it was all predetermined who was going to win which award by MTV (which doesn't surprise me all that much).

Either way, Beyonce's reaction to Kanye's rant looked pretty genuine to me. But that's just my opinion ;)

Kris
Kris

beyonce iznt a douchebag (although I agree kanye is) the stars are used to being in the spotlight so they're obviously good at downplaying their emotions. Did you really expect her to weep and thank beyonce profoundly? and shut it tiff.

tiff
tiff

This was a complete set up. I dont think that Beyonce is as innocent as she would like to appear. It’s obvious when you see the response Taylor gave in an interview when asked about it. Here is a little snippet … “They told me to stand by the side of the stage, and I didn’t really know what was going to go down. But I thought it was so wonderful and gracious of her to do what she’s always done”. Ok, so how did they know Beyonce was going to give Taylor her time? How convenient for them to ask Taylor to stand backstage just before the moon man is given out…all too suspect to me. Both Beyonce and Kanye are douchebags.

Scully
Scully

If everything we did was on national television. Then we have some serious problems, I am shure. We recognize what kanye did was rude, and a jerk move, but he is sorry for it. And it just made Taylor's award a little better by knowing that all of us are supporting her no matter how bad her moment was screwed. But Kanye is sorry. What else can you ask him for?

RollerDerbyGirl
RollerDerbyGirl

I'm not a Taylor Swift fan, don't think she can sing...but she can write and the kids love her. She didn't deserve to be treated like that...hope it was the end for him.

Donna
Donna

Kanye was just plain rude, I mean he had no business running up on stage like that bitching about how Beyonce should've won. Poor Taylor she looked like she was just about in shock. Kanye was a complete jerk and only made a fool out of himself and I am glad he was kicked out.

ColorMeAquarii
ColorMeAquarii

MTV should really be sending Kanye multiple gift baskets, because as much douchebaggery as Kanye committed last night (and yes, there was a LOT of it - poor girl's first VMA), you know they LOVE this kind of stuff. It keeps everyone talking about the award show longer than they normally would have.

... And whose to say Kanye won't eventually benefit from this? Yeah, the world may feel unfavorable towards him right now, but with the right apologies and PR, he could be back and in the spotlight - a goal which I'm sure was set before he really gave a rat's ass about who was winning best female video on MTV.

After all, attention whores like Kanye revel in any kind of attention, positive or negative, as long as people are still saying their name in the end.

Reem
Reem

He is such a jerk !!!!
all the world hate him now !!
i'm from Kuwait ''middle east'' and EVERYONE is taking about it, he was so rude !!!!!!!!
Taylor is way better then Beyonce .. THATS WHY SHE WON .. DUUUUUUH !!!

Merle
Merle

They should ban West from future awards shows. He obviously does not know how to behave. He should take lessons from Beyonce. What a class act.

Cipher
Cipher

Who cares really, with all that is going on in the world we make such a fuss over the smallest things and the things that count we stand by and stay shut....They all make way to much money for me to care anything about anyone of them, truth be told they could give a shit about any of you wasting your time...we are a ticket, a seat, the unit buyers.......nothing to any of them, just stepping stones to get where they must go, so concentrate on your lives and better ways to improve them.....stop focusing on people who would in a heart beat avoid you completely in the street or anywhere else........FANS!!

spunky
spunky

Even though I am not the biggest Taylor Swift fan (I do think she is auto-tuned), she has catchy songs that appeal to the MTV demographics. She comes across as a nice kid and deserved her moment. Beyonce was a total class act. Kanye is a a**hole. I have never liked him. I have never understood his appeal. Maybe we can all get lucky he will fade into obscurity.

daisawesome
daisawesome

First Serena Williams, now this idiot Kanye. What's happening to the world? We definitely need more of David Archuletas.

cancan101
cancan101

Taylor deserved the award. Kanye is jus sucking up to Beyonce.. it's none of his business to speak up for Beyonce.

MJSBLOGSUCKS
MJSBLOGSUCKS

so yea just watched it, clearly kanye is confused about what video beyonce was nominated for. ive seen better ass shakin vids on youtube.

MJSBLOGSUCKS
MJSBLOGSUCKS

it wasnt bad just dumb, there was no need for taylor to stand there like the bad black man just raped her. I havent watched 1 of these shows in like 7 yrs, theres no point since no one good sings anymore.

also doesnt beyonce just shake her but back and forth in the vid? i guess ill hafta check it out since kanye says its best video ever.

SheilaO
SheilaO

Kanye has ALWAYS been a poor excuse for a human being. My heart goes out to Taylor Swift.

Blank Slate
Blank Slate

LOFA wrote:
"Kanye West is the epitome as to why the majority of white people stay away from black people. I am not trying to be racist. I am stating a simple FACT here."

Not defending Kanye's action here but please don't speak for white people here. You are stating your opinion. NOT a fact.

I don't stay away from anyone-- unless Beyonce is nominated in MY category because it's almost a sure bet I am NOT going to win! :}

Taylor will get the best of this.

Just don't lump this white person in with this alleged "fact."

Thanks.

_N_r_chy
_N_r_chy

I feel pity for Taylor Swift even though I'm no Taylor Swift fan anyway. It's needless to say that sweet innocent Miss Swift got traumatized. In the first place, I never really had ANY form of "respect" for Kanye, so I couldn't say that "I've lost my respect" for His Royal High & Mighty EGOness Kanye West after this appalling incident. I admit, I do like/love a number of Kanye's songs BUT I never really liked the dude's humanity. Even w/ his so-called 'rhyming genius', Kanye's egotistical nature is just despicable and unjustifiable. I mean, I know we all have our own egos, but Kanye West is EGO PERSONIFIED. Reminds me, though, that Beyonce's a genius for collaborating w/ Kanye on a song entitled "EGO."

sweetangel1051
sweetangel1051

Kanye, lol. I never liked him, before this and even the whole George Bush / Katrina outburst thing.

Somebody
Somebody

WTAF. REALLY? THIS WILL NEVER NOT BE RUDE.

DOUCHEBAG.

MomWithODD
MomWithODD

I don't care who it is that won up there ... it could've been Al Yankovich up there for all I care ... that was the most pompous disrespectful act that anyone could ever do to a fellow human being on national tv. He's doing it for publicity and shock value and unfortunately that's what he'll get and probably get even bigger than life now ... just like Kathy Griffith did when she said suck Jesus. It's all about shock value nowadays ... it's the disgustingly sad truth. :( Showbiz is ALL fake.

lofa
lofa

Kanye West is the epitome as to why the majority of white people stay away from black people. I am not trying to be racist. I am stating a simple FACT here.

I have NEVER NEVER ever liked Kanye to begin with. NEVER. I had always thought PRIOR to this incident that he is an obnoxious, self-righteous, arrogant ahole. Taylor Swift did NOT deserve the verbal abuse. If I was Taylor, I would have told off that arrogant ahole and I would have INSISTED that he be locked up in JAIL for a few days for the verbal assault. It's just very obvious that he had poor role models for parents.

He should have been publicly FINED and SHOWN THE DOOR and be BARRED from appearing on ANY awards show ever again. And despite his "so-called" apology to Taylor, if he was REALLY and TRULY sorry, he would NOT have pulled a 2 year old tantrum act in the first place!

I encourage anyone who has ANY music or ANYTHING of Kanye West's to GET RID of it and DUMP IT STRAIGHT IN THE GARBAGE! If you had recently bought his music, RETURN IT and DEMAND YOUR MONEY BACK. DO NOT buy anything of his anymore. His record sales need to seriously drop to an ALL TIME LOW. Kanye really and truly needs to learn that there is a FINE LINE when it comes to behaving in public.

druzilla
druzilla

Kenya West doesn't care about white people.

jarjar
jarjar

Staged but whatevs, it's still funny. Doesn't change the fact that Kanye is, was, and will always be a jackass.

ah
ah

JayZs DJ, neil amstrong posted a tweet from backstage saying:

"just so y'all know, homegirl taylor and her moms was in the back crying :("

B
B

That took balls K. West

PROPS!

Slap that manufactured faker next time, boyee

Selt
Selt

Kanye West is nothing but a racist and this isn't the first time he did something like this. He doesn't like the white females winning awards. Especially when they sing country music.

hesterprune
hesterprune

The whole thing looked staged to me. And Beyonce's gesture later seemed just as fake. I hate to say it, but Taylor didn't seem as surprised or as grateful as a person should be in such a situation. Look at her body language - a quick hug for Beyonce at the beginning, then another quick hug and a light touch on the arm afterwards. If someone had spontaneously done that for me, I'd have been so choked up I wouldn't be able to speak. And afterwards, I'd at least SAY something to the person responsible, if not actually walk offstage with her. But maybe that's just me. I think I'm getting cynical in my old age.

OMG
OMG

I couldn't believe what kanye did i felt bad for taylor s. she looked like she was about to cry awww
but it was funny with diddy when he was going to give out an award and he mentioned all the nominees and he said kanye west everyone booed and he was like "what...what did i say" LMAO and then when he was about to say who won he looked up and pause we were like uh oh kanye west won but it was T.I

Dee919
Dee919

I've officialy lost all respect for Kanye.

gabby
gabby

doesn't it seem staged? i mean everyone knows kanye's a douche but he can't be that HUGE of a douche can he? poor girl that taylor.

keith
keith

WOw, what a jerk! I am going to write some hate mail now ....

trixs2009
trixs2009

the rudest man i ever knew..he obviously thinks he is more important than he is..
go back to the unemployment line. find some humility!!

TRUDYRO
TRUDYRO

kanye is a selfish bastard and he should be ashamed of himself. to think of all the bad things that has happened to him over the past few years you would think he would be more respectful yo at least hard working women out here.REMEMBER KANYE THE SAME FANS WHO ADORED YOU AND RESPECTED YOU CAN TAKE YOU OUT OF THE GAME.YOU ARE TRULY IN THE WAY AND ARE A SELFISH
SOB

Pam
Pam

I can't believe he had the nerve to disrespect Taylor like that on national TV. He owes her an apology NOW! UGH!

Ryan Biddulph
Ryan Biddulph

Kanye is a tortured soul. For all of his successes he's proven that he isn't living a successful life.

Soly
Soly

How disrespectful. I cant believe he actually did that.

rachel9isfine
rachel9isfine

Wow. I feel so bad for taylor, she musta felt so embarrassed. I would not know what to do in that situation either.
Not cool.

Lotus
Lotus

WTF!!! A**hat! I definitely felt bad for Taylor Swift, she looked in shock. But I also felt bad for Beyonce, who also looked in shocked. Say what you want Kanye, but Taylor does not need to use a feedback loop when singing. A**hat.

bridgette12
bridgette12

I have never seen such a classless stunt on television. How could he do something like that to that girl, she didn't deserve to be embarrassed on national television. He deserves to be booed and I hope someone kicked his butt when he left the stage.

Dakkota9
Dakkota9

Kanye wss wrong to do what he did but let's face it, Lady Gaga deserved to win the award. I don't think Taylor Swift is talented at all. She's a terrible singer live. It just proves her voice is autotuned for her albums.

Jonathan67
Jonathan67

I don't understand why Kanye was so upset. Was he in Beyonce's "Single Ladies" video???