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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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Oh Kanye, how could you be so heartless?

Oh Kanye...you've done a real stupid thing. Shame on you! No class! A career suicide is what you've done for yourself.

Matt and Trey really need to punish him for this one!!!

MTV/Grammys/American Music Awards/BET/really need to pubically ban him from future award shows. This isn't the first time he's bum rushed someone's award speech.

You think you're special? Fine.
You aren't welcome to any award event--JUST YOU.

I don't care if he was speaking his mind or you really thought Beyonce should have won. There is a time and place for that.

RIGHT THING wrong timing lol love kanye!!! this is his signature behavior get over it. it wasnt about T.Swift. NEVER WAS.

You call that an apology? It doesnt sound sincere at all. My 2 year old shows more courage and class than this dumbass.

WHAT AN IGNORANT JERK!!! I'm no longer going to buy his music. You have lost a fan.

Boycott Kayne West! That's what happens when a star lets fame get to his head and thinks he can do anything at anytime. Shame on him and his cocky self. Beyonce was awesome to give Taylor her moment back.

This is fake!!! That isn't even on his blog. Way to go LA Times for posting the wrong apology, if there even is one... wow great journalism

I hope he is NEVER invited or nominated at any awards show ever again. I hope both Kanye and Chris Browns careers are both over. People need to face the consequences of their actions. The one thing an apology always is "LATE", and his is just a reaction to now everyone seeing him for what he is TRASH!

poor kanye !
Taylor Swift deserve the awards for best MTV BEST FEMALE VIDEO !

Kanye, I'm very disappointed of how you've carried yourself this evening. No dignity nor respect for others and yourself... Very sad indeed.

Not even Chad Ochocinco has the audicty to be so arrogant. What an absolute tool. I've always hated you, Mr. West. You continue to write songs such as "Diamonds are Forever" and support the execution of your heritage. Did I mention how big of a tool you are?

kanye! how could you be so heartless?!?!?

Kanye needs to learn how to accept a point of view other than his! He does act like a spoiled brat when he doesn't get his way!

That was epic to me, at least he made me laugh.
Taylor Swift's MV sucks though.
Lady gaga deserved the award, not Bay Bay.

Um UGK isn't a rapper it's a group. I like how this article is unbiased though.

This apology has more insults in it than anything. Dont sandwich rude comments about giving away awards to someone who derserves it more and another video is better and cheerleader demeaning crap with you phony compliments. Who does he think he is, deciding who deserves what award and who gets time and who gives away their award? Fame destroys class and self control, and Beyonce stepped up where her egotistical midget friend could not. Kanye West is the opposite of real, he lives in the imaginary ego world. I will make sure to turn the station if he ever comes on.

Who is he to get up and say such things when it has nothing to do with him? He needs to mind his own business and shut the hell up.

I totally lost respect for Kanye...never going to support him again..Taylor is a sweet heart!

Kanye is successful but he thinks with his legs and not his brains. What a shame, pipo like him are the ones that make us black pipo look bad. He shouldn't be attending any such events if he will continue with such stupid behaviour.I'm not a fan of Swift but I dont think she deserved to be treated like that!!!!!Kanye should get a life and try to be cool like Jay-Z....

It's that egotistical mentality where he thinks his opinion is "Real". Real talk people dying and you care about a VMA. Never thought a little white girl would have a middle age rapper hatin' on her.

...he was right, though.

Every comment I have read about Kanye is negative. I'm not a fan of Taylor Swift or Kanye West. But I must say that what Kanye did was 100% wrong and there is no justification for being wrong. Kanye deserves every negative thing that's coming his way for doing what he did to Taylor. Kanye, you are officially a talentless idiot!

Kanye West 5'8'. Taylor Swift 5'11". I see the problem now.

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