Kanye West and Taylor Swift are probably two of the most talked about celebrities on the planet right now. These two mega-celebrities were never really mentioned in the same breath online or in person, until the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards, where the infamous “I’mma let you finish” interruption speech occurred. That was nearly six years ago, and while it looked as if the two had moved beyond it and became friends, West and Swift are now yet again pitted as enemies in the media. Kanye West vs. Taylor Swift!
After performing his song “Famous,” which features the lyrics “I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex/ Why? I made that b***h famous,” Kanye started talking about Taylor and basically defended his decision to rush the stage and declare that Beyoncé had the best music video, Slate reports.
“In the spirit of Nina Simone…in the spirit of real artists…this is the song that broke the writers block for me,” West tells the crowd, as he is on stage. “Because it’s something I wanted to say so bad, that they told me I couldn’t say. That night when I went on stage was the beginning of the end of my life.”
At this point it’s clear that Kanye is talking about the 2009 VMA incident.
“Lady GaGa cancelled her tour the next day,” he continued. “You know what night I’m talking about. When I just said what everybody else was thinking.”
It’s already been well documented that though many may have disagreed with his aggressive approach — stealing the mic from Taylor Swift — ultimately, what he was really saying wasn’t inaccurate. Beyoncé’s “Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)” video was a huge event in 2009. Though the video didn’t win for Best Female Video, Beyoncé did end up winning Video of the Year.
“And I had to fight every day for the rest of my life with the whole world turned against me for saying out loud what everyone else felt,” admitted Kanye. West stated, while on stage, that he fought to make sure “Famous” was the first single from his seventh studio album The Life of Pablo. Clearly the song means a lot to him personally. At the end of his speech, the crowd passionately began chanting, “Yeezy, Yeezy, Yeezy,” which prompted Kanye to ask if he could perform the song one more time.
Now, these could hardly be called fighting words, as Kanye was very careful not to utter Taylor Swift’s name or say “MTV Video Music Awards,” and he only defended himself. He let the song “Famous” say everything else he needed to say. The Life of Pablo is also doing extremely well in terms of sales, according to Billboard.
Taylor Swift recently won a Grammy for Album of the Year for her most recent project, 1989, and during her acceptance speech, she was able to sneak in some Kanye shade in regard to the song “Famous.” Specifically, Taylor used that moment to talk to young girls all over the world and tell them how important it is to not let anyone undercut your success. It was obvious what prompted this particular speech, with a pretty popular and funny meme of singer Tori Kelly looking like someone else should have been on that stage.
Many saw this as simply an opportunity for Taylor Swift to play the “victim card,” after it had been claimed that Taylor gave Kanye the OK to use that line in “Famous.” Kanye insists that he got her permission beforehand; however, Swift’s representatives claim she never gave him approval.
Anyhow, Kanye West was sporting the Yeezy Boost 350s over the weekend when he arrived in London. West and Kim Kardashian, along with the Kardashian/Jenner family, took a visit to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art last week. These new Adidas Yeezy Boost sneakers Kanye was rocking have yet to be released.
Taylor Swift and Calvin Harris enjoyed a pretty nice vacation earlier in the year and celebrated their one-year anniversary. The two were recently spotted in Santa Monica together having a pretty cute date night.
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