Kanye West and Taylor Swift have set their differences aside since the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards. However, Taylor admitted in a recent interview that the only way she could befriend Kanye was through Jay Z and a little respect.
The infamous “Kanye Incident” was the moment when the rapper interrupted Swift when she accepted her award for Best Female Video. He grabbed the microphone from the shell-shocked singer and said, “I’mma let you finish, but Beyonce had one of the best videos of all time!” Of course, that iconic moment in pop culture history also gave us Bey’s amazing reaction.
That led to West to apologize to Swift, but the then country singer wasn’t having it. Instead, she wrote a song about him titled “Innocent,” which she performed the very next year at the 2010 MTV VMAs.
In her recent interview with Vanity Fair, the singer-songwriter said she wasn’t ready to become friends with Kanye until she earned back his respect. She also noted that she knew Kanye didn’t even want to be friends with her until he finally earned some respect for her.
“I feel like I wasn’t ready to be friends with [West] until I felt like he had some sort of respect for me, and he wasn’t ready to be friends with me until he had some sort of respect for me.”
Swift gives Jay Z all the credit for helping repair her friendship with West. Thanks to the hip-hop mogul, Swift and West remain on good terms.
“I became friends with Jay Z, and I think it was important, for Jay Z, for Kanye and I to get along … And then Kanye and I both reached a place where he would say really nice things about my music and what I’ve accomplished, and I could ask him how his kid’s doing.”
What about that rumored Kanye and Taylor collaboration that everyone keeps talking about? The country-turned-pop singer said that they haven’t even started recording yet, despite what reports have said in the past months. In fact, it doesn’t even seem like Taylor’s interested in working with Kanye anytime soon.
“We haven’t planned anything. But, hey, I like him as a person. And that’s a really good, nice first step, a nice place for us to be.”
This isn’t the first time that West has interrupted someone at an awards show. At the 2015 Grammys, he interrupted Beck when the indie musician accepted his award for Album of the Year. During his interview with The Sunday Times, West revealed that he apologized to Beck and even sent him flowers.
“I’m fine to apologize for inaccuracies. I send flowers to inaccuracies. I talked to Beck’s wife, and I think I had a point about Beyoncé’s album, but I think I was inaccurate with the concept of a gentleman who plays 14 instruments not respecting artistry.”
Kanye even took to Twitter to apologize to Taylor for the VMAs interruption. He even elaborated his reason for interrupting the country star in the first place.
“I’m sorry, Taylor. We’re both artists, and the media and managers are trying to get between us. She deserves the apology more than anyone. Thank you [Twitter co-founders] Biz Stone and Evan Williams for creating a platform where we can communicate directly.”
“If you Google a**hole my face may very well pop up 2 pages into the search. … There are people who don;t dislike me … they absolutely hate me. People tweeted that they wish I was dead … No listen. They wanted me to die, people. I carry that.”
The rapper was even willing to work with the then 19-year-old singer in the near future. During his interview with On Air with Ryan Seacrest, the “FourFiveSeconds” rapper said that he would love to collaborate with Taylor Swift. Kanye even hinted that she wants to record music sometime soon.
“Yeah, she wants to get in the studio and we’re definitely going to go in. Any artist with an amazing point of view, perspective, fan base, I’m down to get in the studio and work. I don’t discriminate, I don’t have an elitism of music because of like how many Grammys or you know, the amount of ratings you get on an album.”
It sounds like an apology or even flowers weren’t enough for Swift to gain some respect from West. Do it was important for Kanye West to respect the singer once again? Or, do you believe both artists should get over this incident? Share your thoughts below in the comments.
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