When Kanye West jumped onstage with Taylor Swift while she accepted her award for Best Female Video, the singer was initially excited. That excitement faded, however, when the MC took the opportunity to champion Beyoncé during the time that Swift should have been giving her acceptance speech.
“It has been a crazy night, hasn’t it?” she told MTV News backstage after the show. Taylor went on to say that when Kanye initially emerged, she thought it would end up being a good thing, not perhaps one of the most controversial moments in VMA history.
“Well, you know, I was up there and I was standing there and I saw Kanye up on the stage,” she explained. “I was really excited … and I kind of wasn’t excited anymore.”
However, the 19-year-old VMA winner got a second chance to give her speech, thanks to an “incredibly classy” Beyoncé, who forfeited her stage time when she won Video of the Year to allow Swift her moment to shine, without any interruption.
“You know, they told me to be ready just in case she might want to say something,” Swift explained. “It was just so wonderful and so incredibly classy of her and just gracious and wonderful to let me say something. She’s just been my hero and one of my idols ever since I was little. She’s a great person.”
Kanye later apologized on his blog for the interruption, saying, “I’m sooooo sorry to Taylor Swift and her fans and her mom.”
The 2009 MTV Video Music Awards might have wrapped, but the party is far from over. Stay tuned for behind-the-scenes updates, party reports and much more.