Kanye West apologises for interrupting Taylor Swift at VMAs

Kanye spoils country star's big moment by grabbing the mic to tell crowd 'Beyonce had one of the best videos of all time!'

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Kanye West has apologised for interrupting Taylor Swift's acceptance speech for best female video at the MTV VMA awards in New York last night. The rapper rushed the stage while the 19-year-old country singer accepted an award for her song You Belong With Me, telling the audience that Beyonce should have won for her video Single Ladies (Put a Ring On It). "Taylor, I'm really happy for you, and I'm gonna let you finish, but Beyonce had one of the best videos of all time," said West, as an embarrassed Beyonce looked on from the audience.

"I was standing on the stage and I was really excited because I had just won the award," Swift said after the awards. "And then I was really excited because Kanye West was on the stage. And then I wasn't so excited anymore after that."

West offered an apology on his blog, but still wrote "Beyonce's video was the best of this decade!!! I'm Still Happy for Taylor!!!!" It seems he isn't the only one carrying this sentiment, as Beyonce actually did win the video of the year for Single Ladies, and promptly invited Swift to join her on stage during her acceptance speech. Swift said afterwards "I thought I couldn't love Beyonce more and then tonight happened."

It's not the first time West has rushed the stage at an awards ceremony to protest over an award's recipient. During the MTV Europe Music awards in 2006, the rapper lost it after Justice v Simian's We Are Your Friends scooped best video instead of his own Touch the Sky. Just as he did last night, West grabbed the mic and said: "Oh hell no, you guys already won. This video cost a million dollars and Pamela Anderson was in it."

But the rapper seems to have gone too far for MTV this time. While Beyonce and Taylor Swift put on a show of solidarity, West was booed off the stage and subsequently asked to leave the show. Numerous attendees tweeted their disapproval during the awards: Katy Perry tweeted "F*** Kanye, it's like you stepped on a kitten" while Pink wrote "Kanye West is the biggest piece of shit on earth. Quote Me."


Rosie Swash

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