Kanye West’s interruption of Taylor Swift’s acceptance speech for Best Female Video during the Video Music Awards on Sunday night has certainly had a lot of people talking this week — and 50 Cent weighed in during an interview with MuchMusic.
“That was interesting,” said 50, who has crashed some awards-show stages himself in the past. “When you’re nominated for the first time … what you saw from me in 2004 was the Grammys. When I went up, Evanescence won Best New Artist and it was like, I’d sold 12 million records. That’s the largest debuting hip-hop album today and I was overlooked and I still don’t have a Grammy. It’s been 13 nominations. It’s because I wrote [about] the harsh realities, [so] I’ve been overlooked, completely. So when you got an artist there for the first time and you go and you wanna tell them, ’Well, you know, Beyoncé is great.’ There’s nobody that’s confused in that actual area. But Taylor Swift is great and is new.”
50 said no amount of apologizing — which West has now essentially done publicly three times — can balance out what West did to Swift.
“At that point, you can’t replace it,” 50 added. “Even an apology can’t replace what it feels like for the very first time receiving that award. Now in her head, ’My first award was Kanye West.’ And it’s damaging. I wish he would come take one of my awards so I can black his eye in front of everybody.”
West has apologized twice on his blog to Swift and Monday night on Jay Leno’s new show , spoke publicly for the first time about his outburst. West held back tears as he told Leno that he’d like to meet with Swift face-to-face and express his remorse.
Since Sunday night, however, the backlash from fans and celebrities against one of the greatest producers and MCs in the game has been rampant. Donald Trump called Kanye “a disgrace” and called for a boycott of the Chicago native’s endeavors, while Katy Perry says his actions were like “stepping in a kitten,” and even President Obama reportedly called West a “jackass” off-camera during an interview on Monday.