VMA nominees [artist id="2402281"]Cobra Starship[/artist] had a good view of Sunday night's most talked-about incidents: one involving [article id="1621389"]Kanye West and Taylor Swift[/article], the other involving [article id="1621581"]Lil Mama, Jay-Z and Alicia Keys[/article]. The band's perspective on both moments? Crazy stuff is supposed to happen at the VMAs!
"I totally stopped tweeting for about 30 seconds and paid attention," frontman Gabe Saporta joked about when West jumped onstage and hijacked Swift's acceptance speech. "It was kind of surreal. I thought it was planned for a minute."
Guitarist Ryland Blackinton, however, was less surprised, since it wasn't the first time [article id="1569536"]Kanye's acted up at an awards show[/article]. "I wondered if it was going to happen because he did it at the [MTV Europe Music] Awards too, and I've watched that video a couple times when Justice won the award," he explained. "And I wasn't as surprised, but it was surreal to see it happen right in front of you."
Blackinton even had some additional eyewitness information about the incident. He revealed that after he jumped offstage, he had another surprise for Beyoncé as if his misguided rant about her "Single Ladies" video wasn't enough. "After he did it, he came back and he kissed Beyoncé on the cheek, as if he had done her a favor," Blackinton recalled. "And you could see on her face, she was like [uncomfortable]. He had half a bottle of Hennessy in him."
As for that other stage attack by Lil Mama during the Jay-Z/ Alicia Keys performance, well, the group still hasn't quite figured that one out yet. "What was up with that with Lil Mama? That was planned too?" Saporta asked and was astonished to learn that it wasn't. "No! She was just like, 'I'm gonna sing for a little bit?' It's cool. Her lip gloss was poppin', so at least that was good."
The 2009 MTV Video Music Awards may have wrapped, but the party is far from over. Stay tuned for behind-the-scenes updates, party reports and much more.