If you’re a fan of MTV, or even if you’re not, I’m sure you know by now what happened during the video music award ceremony last night. Can you believe a grown man feels the need to steal the thunder of the winner in order to make a point? Especially when he’s not even up for the award.
Kanye West, a 32-year-old rapper who is notorious for pushing the envelope, went a little too far when he got onstage during Taylor Swift’s acceptance speech for Best Female Video – You Belong With Me -and took the mic and said he felt Beyonce Knowles had the best video.
“I’m sorry, but Beyoncé had one of the best videos of all time,” he said about her Single Ladies (Put a Ring On It) video
It’s no doubt there were others who felt the same as Kanye, especially since Taylor’s specialty is country and the majority of music on MTV is pop, but they were reserved enough not to do what he did.
Taylor really didn’t know what to think about the incident, but when Beyonce accepted her award for Best Video of the Year she invited Taylor back on stage to finish the delivery of her acceptance speech.
“Well, you know, I was up there and I was standing there and I saw Kanye up on the stage,” she told MTV News after the show. “I was really excited … and I kind of wasn’t excited anymore.”
I had the pleasure of interviewing Taylor a few years ago for flaire for women. She is really as sweet girl. Since our interview Taylor has exploded in her musical career. One of the reasons is that her sound isn’t strictly country. It appeals to a lot of young women. She of course is still a teenager herself and that’s why I think she is so popular. She sings about young love from her point of view and what girl doesn’t want to hear songs about that?
Beyonce is also a great performer and is a remarkable person. Kanye to say the least needs to grow up. I understand about pushing boundaries, but let’s face it he seems more like a spoiled brat than an adult. This incident was not Kanye’s first.
Most of us became aware of him after his infamous outburst during a Red Cross-sponsored telethon on NBC to raise money for Hurricane Katrina survivors in September 2005.
In 2006, during the MTV Europe Music Awards, West got on stage after his video Touch the Sky lost to Justice and Simian’s video We Are Your Friends and interrupted their acceptance speech. He claimed that he had been drinking before the show and that was the reason for his bad behavior.
In 2007, the rapper declared the he would “never return to MTV” after Britney Spears was chosen to open the show instead of him.
Maybe, just maybe, producers will learn from this, although I doubt it. I can bet MTV likes all the attention this brings. The only way that bad behavior like this will stop is if advertisers boycott the show.
Kanye later apologized to Taylor on his blog there are many who aren’t buying it including Donald Trump. He told TMZ that is boycotting all things Kanye.
“He could care less about Beyonce,” Trump said. “It was grandstanding to get attention.”
So what do you think? I think his record shows that as long as he allowed to get away with it he will.