The Kanye vs. Taylor Swift feud all started as Taylor Swift’s VMA incident, and from that, grew a feud that would last a lifetime—or at least that’s what it feels like! When West interrupted Swift’s acceptance speech at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards (VMAs), he unknowingly disrupted his own future. (It sounds like the musical version of Back to the Future.) But Kanye West’s The Life of Pablo track “Famous” had a deeper meaning than anyone ever knew. According to Billboard, the singer describes that fateful VMAs night as “the beginning of the end of my life.” Lady Gaga cancelled their co-headlining tour, President Obama called him “a jackass,” and Swift fans burned him on social media. This inspired us to look back at the many feuds between West and Swift since then.
The Infamous VMAs Incident
It all started when West interrupted Swift’s acceptance speech when she won the best Female Video Award for her song “You Belong with Me,” beating Beyonce’s “Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It).” Many remember West coming on stage and telling Swift he was happy for her but his famous words “I’mma let you finish” is all the world still remembers, and that set the tone for the pair’s future relationship—or lack thereof. Though Beyonce played the heroine, letting Swift finish her speech later, Swift never forgot even if she truly forgave.
Kanye’s Claims of Fame
According to an Access Hollywood interview, West backtracked on an apology he made months earlier to being on their show, taking credit for making her famous and making people buy copies of her albums. West also claimed that he thought Swift’s “Fearless” should not have won the Grammy for Album of the Year. He claimed his actions weren’t arrogant and that he helped Swift to get on magazine covers—not so sure if Swift is writing a “thank you” letter anytime soon.
The Life of Pablo singer mentions Swift in his single, “Famous” at Madison Square Garden event, which was live-streamed. Regarding the lyrics, “I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex/Why? I made that bitch famous/Goddamn, I made that bitch famous,” West said he received permission from Swift to use that line; however, her PR people refuted that claim, saying she declined on Twitter due to the song’s misogynistic nature. West still sticks to his version of the story, but are you really surprised?
At this point the tables had turned and the ball was in Swift’s court for a chance to throw some much-needed shade at West. The 1989 singer won the Grammy for—you guessed it—Album of the Year. “As the first woman to win Album of the Year at the Grammys twice, I want to say to all the young women out there: there are going to be people along the way who will try to undercut your success or take credit for your accomplishments or your fame,” the songstress stated. Did you hear that, Kanye?!
We can only hope that these two can find a way to co-exist, because the industry is small and it doesn’t seem like they’re going away any time soon.