The MTV Video Music Awards were on for less than 30 minutes when … CONTROVERSY. The first category of the night was “Best Female Video,” and Taylor Swift won for “You Belong With Me” over Beyonce‘s “Single Ladies” and Lady Gaga‘s “Poker Face.” Taylor started giving her “I’m just a country singer” acceptance speech, when Kanye West entered from stage left. He grabbed the mic out of Taylor’s hands and said, “I congratulate you Taylor, but I gotta say … Beyonce had one of the best videos of all time.” As he ran off stage, Taylor Swift looked close to tears and the audience began to boo. For the rest of the night, anytime Taylor’s name was mentioned, she got a standing ovation, and whenever Kanye’s came up, there were boos. Which was exceptionally funny when Diddy read Kanye’s name for “Best Hip Hop Video” and when the crowd started hissing, he seemed really confused and begged, “What did I say?” The night culminated with Beyonce, the eternal class act, receiving the award for “Video of the Year.” “I remember being 17 and up for my first Video Music Award with Destiny’s Child. It was one of the greatest moments of my life,” she said. “Which is why I’d like Taylor to have hers.” And then Taylor came out to do her speech for real.
Overall, I just have to wonder—was this moment a set-up? As the original interaction went down, the cameras cut furiously between Taylor, Beyonce, and Kanye in a way that seemed a bit staged. Plus, are we really to believe that Beyonce is the nicest human being in the universe? This smacks of Eminem and Bruno at the Movie Awards, no? And that was revealed a few days after the show to have been a hoax.