Katy Perry would have gladly let Kanye West interrupt her. The pop singer and VMA royalty’s sci-fi-inspired video for “E.T.,” which features West, won for Best Collaboration at Sunday night’s MTV Video Music Awards, and she happily hugged the Chicago rapper/producer after he waltzed onstage to accept their Moonman.
“Now, this is a time when you want to interrupt me, Kanye,” Perry said as she accepted her award. “Oh my goodness, it’s nothing like your first time. Your first Moonman, right?”
To this, Kanye — who infamously cut into Taylor Swift’s acceptance speech at the 2009 VMAs — corrected her, saying, “No, I have one.”
Perry then thanked the video’s director, Floria Sigismondi, as well as the pair’s fans for granting them the Moonman. Yeezy, who had performed “Otis” with Jay-Z moments earlier, then gave his own obligatory shout-outs. “Thank you to God, Katy Perry for being so brave to let me back on the record, MTV and shout-out to Busta, Chris Brown and Wayne for having that joint right there. I love y’all, and Katy Perry, thank you so much,” he said.
Perry’s “E.T.” clip topped videos from Chris Brown (“Look at Me Now”), Kanye West (“All of the Lights”), Pitbull (“Give Me Everything”) and Nicki Minaj (“Moment 4 Life”). Perry topped all VMA nominees with nine nods this year for “E.T.,” “Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.),” “Teenage Dream” and “Firework.”
“It’s always exciting to be a part of the VMAs because there’s so much spontaneity,” she told MTV News. “I just remember growing up seeing craziness ensued with the VMAs. I wasn’t allowed to see it, but I done watched it!”