[artist id="1236911"]Beyoncé[/artist] was the inspiration behind Kanye West’s now-infamous onstage antics at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards, but the “Single Ladies” singer had avoided making any comment on the matter — until Friday.
At Billboard magazine’s annual Women in Music event (where she was named Woman of the Year), Beyoncé finally broke her silence on West’s stage storming — which, at this point, has been commented on by everyone from Green Day and Jay-Z to former President Jimmy Carter and current President Barack Obama . Though she understood the rapper’s intentions, B said she was mortified by his actions.
“Well, I knew his intentions, and I knew he was standing up for art; and he told me before, when they said the nominees, he’s like, ‘You have this award,’” Beyoncé told O: The Oprah Magazine editor Gayle King after accepting her award. “And when they didn’t call my name he was, like, completely shocked. And when he walked on the stage, I was like, ‘No, no, no!’ and then he spoke, and I was like, ‘Oh, no, no, no!’
“But in the end, it ended up being a great night, and Taylor Swift did get her moment — and I didn’t have to make an acceptance speech,” she added, laughing.
West has repeatedly apologized for his actions on his blog , on “The Jay Leno” show and to Swift herself . And late last week, it was announced that his Fame Kills tour with Lady Gaga had been canceled, a move that seemed to be in keeping West’s “Leno” show pledge that he will be taking time away from the public eye “to analyze how I’m gonna make it through the rest of this life and improve.”