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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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Mr West ( and I use it lighty) -

Your behavior was out of line. This is a young kid up for her first award and you "Carried" her. I don't care that you feel you need to speak for the REAL CULTURE...apparently the REAL CULTURE felt this talented young lady deserved this award.

I am sure your mother is turning in her grave...SHAME ON YOU!!!

You centainly DO NOT SPEAK FOR ME!!! Disgusted

There is an art to apology that Kanye West, however talented he may be in other areas, just does not possess. He sure seems anti-social to me.

Mr West,
I look up to you as an artist and a producer. Needless to say, this is going to be another one of those things that will draw people's attention towards you which could either be a good thing or a bad thing. The meaning of your words and actions is defined by the person who perceives it. You are an intelligent man, however, there is a fine line between being real and being rude.

kayne spoke the truth!!! now ppl wanna get mad bc someone will stand up and say something, lets face the facts, kanye is disrespectful by doing that but at least sum1 will speak the truth, wtf really ppl, talor !!! haha she should have not won that but whatever, i dont really care, all i know is kanye is much more talented then taylor, and i honestly can give two shyts bout what he did, might had been stupid and wrong but fuk it, i jam his music all day everyday, on top of all this, i was gettin bored by listenin to taylor talk bout ur speech, it got interesting when i saw kanye, hahah haterz!!!

I think we'll see Kanye in rehab soon. Talented man but I believe he needs help.

I still love you Kanye!!!! Screw all theses haters! Get over it. .. He apologized!

KANYE WEST'S CAREER IS OVER! This is not racist. I am an African American woman. What he did was rude, unprofessional, out-of-line.....do I need to go on? I believe after everyone gets an opportunity to get what they think of Kanye off their chest, the entire press corps should drop all coverage of him. No pictures, no quotes, no film coverage nothing. Boycott his cd's. Ignore him until he becomes a distant memory. I am so tired of his incessent whining and childish behavior. He is the biggest punk of a man I have ever seen.

I don't really like Taylor Swift and actually I hated Beyonce's video and the song, but interrupting someone's speech to diss them isn't any more socially acceptable than typing in all caps.

PS: Multiple exclamation marks are a sign of insanity.
PPS: Learn to use ellipses.


Kayne West How could you be so heartless!

that was so damn wrong of him to do she looked like she wanted to cry I felt so bad for her infact I think I almost cried too thats how uncomfortable it was that was a very classless thing of him to do and I WILL NOT support him anymore I lost all respect for him good job you IDIOT!!

Kanye is freaking awesome!

Kanye WHO?? The scum of the earth. Ever hear of karma--he will get his due.

i agree with "who knows", WE ALL KNOW THE TRUTH HURTS, its u punk azz ppl that r too sensitive to shyt to realize whats really going on, by tha way, kanye is an ass, but what guy isnt???? haha hes just being kanye, and for the person that said something bout bush, the hatered started first!!!! we wouldnt act like this if we all started to be treated like equal human beings but that will never happen y, because of all of u pll tht like to HATE, GET UR MIND CORRECT!!!!

At least Beyonce was graceful and humble enough to give her award moment to Taylor. Honestly, she was probably just as embarrassed about what happened as poor Taylor. It was very nice of Beyonce to let Taylor have the moment she deserved. Screw you, Kanye, you petty, spoiled, incomprehensibly vain, delusional moron. You can take that forced apology and shove it.

Kanye West was selfish and childish. To go up there and ruin Taylor Swift's moment with his "opinion" was one of the meanest, rudest, most ignorant things I've ever seen. As my old high school band director used to say, "No home training."

I have been very critical of the direction pop music has been going these days, and I refuse to support all the garbage that is being released. I am glad that Kanye had the nerve to stand up to MTV and all the garbage, like Taylor Swift, that seems to be excreted through the airwaves. He was only conveying the sentiment of a growing number of real music fans out there who don't necessarily have the same access to getting the message across. THANKS KANYE!

kanye west is a complete egotistical idiot

BOY BYE!!! You and your little girlfriend are crazy!!! You are DISRESPECTFUL, youre a BRAT, and you cant rap!! What you did to that LITTLE GURL * she's way younger than you* was TOTALLY UNCAUSE FOR!!! You knew what you were doing when you took your ass home and watched it on TV. It was her moment to shiine and you RUINED it for her. Had that been YOUR DAUGHTER or SON if you had kids, and someone did that to them because they feel that they deserved the award over your child, YOU WOULD HAVE CUT A BUCK IN NY!!!! You know and I know that you had intentions on doing that to anyone who you felt would have taken that award from Beyonce. Who looked at the award as * you win some you lose some* only you SPOILED ASS cares so much for an award that you would emabarrase your self and that young girl.

Now guess what your name is....... YEP, DEAD MUD DUCK, YOU doe doe BIRD!!! You have been in the business far to long and you should know better. This is not your first time doing this to someone. Guess what else? Im real too, but Im never the person to DISRESPECT someone like you did.

Kanye needs to ask himself why he has not won any awards. He is a low life disrespectful punk. His apology is fake, just like him. I was a fan now I am a hater.

Jason the N word has nothing to do with Kanye being immature and totally uncultured. Kanye, you are losing creditibility rapidly. You need to learn humility. Truly intelligent talented human people are humble and accept what is presented gracefully. There is nothing manly about what you did tonight. Totally unacceptable.

Kanye West doesn't care about WHITE people.

There is no excuse for that. It's like killing something she can never get back. I'm disappointed in Beyonce too. I would have expected her to look horrified and disgusted. But initally she couldn't get the smile off her face. They'll take the attention any way they can get it.

Kanye, you really showed how low class you are tonight..goes well with your song "heartless". How could you be so heartless! Karma got you because you were speechless when you lost to TI and Eminem..so what you have to say now. Beyonce has alot of class for bringing Taylor on stage to have her moment so you took away from Beyonce too. Hope you feel as low as you looked tonight.

What an idiot.

His talent level is HIGHLY over-rated.

Rap music sucks. Stupid, narcissistic, rambling lyrics over blips of electronic noise. Stupid.

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