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TV Moment of 2009: Kanye Interrupts Taylor Swift at MTV Video Music Awards

by Chris O'Connell, posted Dec 28th 2009 8:00AM
Taylor Swift"Yo Taylor, I'm really happy for you, I'mma let you finish, but Beyoncé had one of the best videos of all time."

Words that will live forever in infamy. Sort of. In one of the most baffling awards show moments ever, Kanye West stormed the stage at the MTV Video Music Awards just after Taylor Swift was awarded Best Female Video. Swift, and the rest of America, looked on awkwardly.

Was this really happening? Once everyone remembered who was doing the interrupting, it didn't seem so shocking. Kanye had pulled this sort of act before, once even a couple of years ago at the MTV Europe Music Awards when he crashed the stage after losing an award to French duo Justice.Taylor Swift"Yo Taylor, I'm really happy for you, I'mma let you finish, but Beyoncé had one of the best videos of all time."

Words that will live forever in infamy. Sort of. In one of the most baffling awards show moments ever, Kanye West stormed the stage at the MTV Video Music Awards just after Taylor Swift was awarded Best Female Video. Swift, and the rest of America, looked on awkwardly.

Was this really happening? Once everyone remembered who was doing the interrupting, it didn't seem so shocking. Kanye had pulled this sort of act before, once even a couple of years ago at the MTV Europe Music Awards when he crashed the stage after losing an award to French duo Justice.

Thankfully, Beyoncé saved the day and invited Swift back onstage to finish her speech later in the program.

Like a lot of catch phrases in 2009, this one spread like wildfire thanks to a great/terrible thing called the meme. In this specific instance, Kanye is edited in to other speeches, seemingly interrupting someone else. More on that here.

The controversy also spread in the media, the height of which came during the Sept. 14 premiere of 'The Jay Leno Show.' What was an unlucky moment for Kayne proved to be an especially lucky one for Leno, who was poised to kick off his show with another famous apology, akin to Hugh Grant. Over 18 million people tuned in to hear Kanye speak publicly about the incident.

"It was rude, period," he said.

The following day, Kanye formally apologized to Swift after her appearance on 'The View,' to which she ultimately accepted.

Though visibly shaken, Swift emerged from the controversy relatively unharmed. In fact, she appears to be doing better than ever before, having since won a CMA for Entertainer of the Year, an AMA for Artist of the Year (over the late Michael Jackson, no less) and a Grammy nomination for Album of the Year for her mutli-platinum disc, 'Fearless.'

Kanye, meanwhile, canceled his tour with Lady Gaga, and has since remained relatively out of the spotlight. With the Grammys looming, that's probably for the best.

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