Throwback: When Kanye West bullied 19-year-old Taylor Swift at MTV VMAs

One of the most infamous moments in MTV Video Music Awards history occurred on September 13, 2009, when Kanye West stormed the stage and interrupted Taylor Swift's acceptance speech for Best Female Video.  

19-year-old Taylor Swift had just won the award for Best Female Video for her song "You Belong With Me." She was giving her acceptance speech when Kanye West, who had also been nominated in the category, walked onstage and grabbed the microphone.

In front of a live audience and millions of viewers, West declared, "I'm really happy for you, and I'mma let you finish, but Beyoncé had one of the best videos of all time! One of the best videos of all time!"

The incident sparked widespread outrage and criticism against West, who was accused of bullying and disrespecting Taylor Swift.

The incident became a defining moment in both Swift and West's careers, and it continues to be a topic of discussion and debate today.


The 2009 VMAs incident is considered one of the most controversial moments in pop culture history. It sparked conversations about sexism, misogyny, and the power dynamics within the music industry.

It also had a significant impact on Taylor Swift's career. The incident helped to solidify her image as a victim of bullying, which she leaned into on her subsequent albums.

For Kanye West, the incident tarnished his reputation and led to a period of public scrutiny and backlash.

This event continues to be a significant moment in pop culture history, and its impact on both Taylor Swift and Kanye West is undeniable.


Read more stories