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Kanye West apologizes to Taylor Swift


Before the MTV Video Music Awards even came to an end, rap star Kanye West had taken to his blog and issued an ALL-CAPS apology to country star Taylor Swift and her mother. "I spoke to her mother right after and she said the same thing my mother would've said," Kanye wrote in his explanation for interrupting Swift's VMA win.

Moments after Swift won the MTV VMA for best female video for "You Belong With Me,"  West appeared onstage and interrupted her speech. Swift was in the midst of talking about the difficulty country artists face in crossing over on MTV when West declared that the award should have gone to Beyoncé for her "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)." 

Throughout the remainder of the night, the VMA crowd at New York's Radio City Music Hall let West hear it, booing loudly anytime his name was mentioned. Pink, a performer on the telecast, took to her Twitter, and blasted Kanye -- its R-rated language prevents us from linking to it. 


West apparently didn't stay to see the awards through, and wrote on his blog that he watched the rest of the show "at the crib." "I'm sooooo sorry to Taylor Swift and her fans and her mom," West wrote. He also took a moment to praise Swift, and wrote that he likes "the lyrics about being a cheerleader and she's in the bleachers."

He continued, "I'm in the wrong for going on stage and taking away from her moment!" He added that Beyoncé's video remains "the best of the decade," and he apologized to his fans for letting them down.

West also tried to explain his reasons for interrupting Swift. He wrote: "Everybody wanna boooo me but I'm a fan of real pop cuture!!! ... I gave my awards to OutKast when they deserved it over me ... that's what it is." At the 2007 BET Awards, West attempted to give his trophy to OutKast's Big Boi and rap act UGK for their "International Player's Anthem."

Swift eventually did get a chance to give her acceptance speech. When Beyoncé won video of the year, she gracefully noted that she'd had her share of award-show moments, and called Swift back onstage.

This wasn't the first time West has had an award show outburst. He interrupted the 2006 MTV Europe Music Awards when he lost to Simian and claimed his clip should have won. In 2005, West noted that he would "have a problem" if he didn't win the Grammy for album of the year. He didn't win.

Shortly after posting his apology to Swift, West took a moment to commend tennis star Serena Williams, who also came under criticism this weekend in New York for an outburst at the U.S. Open.

--Todd Martens

Top photo: Kanye West and Taylor Swift / Associated Press
Middle photo:
Screenshot of Kanye West's apology.

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did you even watch the awards
i guess not because beyonce's video WAS nominated!! thats a misprint on their site!!

An apology from him doesn't count for anything, I'm sure his publicist made him do it. He still doesn't really think it was wrong to do that. But he will get away with it like he always does and the media and his music colleagues will not care by Friday. He gets to say and do any rude thing he wants without any real consequence.

honestly i don't know what is in his mind. But I will stop listening to his music and him. He is over-rated and can't sing. If it wasn't for all the vocal enhancers he wouldn't be here. I liked the music he produced BUT now that is OVER. I know you think you are all that...but now you went overboard.

kanye was a little hoe!!!!!! for interupting her like that (what an ass!!!) that was steeling her glory i feel bad for her

Now that's what you call foot-in-mouth syndrome.

I can't believe Kayne. What a real jerk and he only apologized because of backlash from people that have character. He is successful and blessed but still has a chip on his shoulders. Someone should have smacked him-

Kanye has no class. He is a self serving, pompous punk. He showed the world his true color on that stage. The whole show was a big let downn for me!!!

Typical.. Fishsticks Kanye, fishsticks.

Kayne West is a disgusting human being and a waste of our resources. Why can't he just go away? I've never had as little respect for a person as I do for him.

Kanye, you shouldn't be allowed to ever show your face at an award show again. Your very immature and do not deserve respect from anyone. I don't know maybe you can't handle your alcohol or what, but your a mess. Get yourself together before you show your face anymore homie.

What an ignorant "POS". He doesn't deserve to be where he is today. The only time I hear about "Kanye" is when he is stirring things up. Maybe you should work harder on you "MUSIC" career, and one day I'll get a little news on that. So keep up the work on that stereo typing! Loser!

Thats why George Bush hates your ass!

wow. if you're not going to have respect for anyone else, at least have some SELF-RESPECT.

what you have is called arrogance kanye...not respect

He's a real dumba**..shes 17 years old and that was her moment..he just couldnt see a gorgeous talented black woman lose out to a teenage white girl..hes racist..and it is what it is..

Does anyone really think his apology was sincere? Not in the least. He suddenly realized his sales might drop and that maybe, just maybe, he finally crossed that line. Maybe now that no one will want to listen to him he can take time to go back to school and learn grammer and spelling. He is a racist loser who deserves NOTHING!

I am pretty sure that Beyonce was nominated for this category. Please make the change.

Kanye West is a douchebag, and needs to be medicated. He's childish, impulsive, vain, arrogant, and selfish

Hey Ashley,
We made the change. Out nomination sheet says it was nominated, but the MTV site says it wasn't. Nevertheless, left it out.

Ugh. He's discusting...

he is a total douche! He shoudl be outcast by society! He doesnt deserve a thing!

Fakest thing I've read all week....

Hey, did you hear the one about the adult male and the teenage girl on the stage and one is gracious and mature and the other throws a prissy little tantrum? Kanye, every night when you check the counter on the home screen of your web page do you ever consider the fact that a percentage of those people in the total actually checked out your site to see if you're really that big a tool?

no doubt...total douche bag. will never listen to him again just based on the fact that he's a jackass

There's an error on the MTV site and that lead to an error in your article when you said that "for her "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)," a video that was not even nominated in the category."

The Beyoncé video was nominated and in the broadcast the clip of it was shown just before Swift's.

Regardless...West is still an idiot.

he's not serious.

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