Beyonce Cried Backstage After Kanye West Interrupted Taylor Swift At VMAs In 2009
For those who might have forgotten, Swift won the coveted Best Female Video award at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards for “You Belong With Me.”
It was also her very first VMA win. While Swift was giving her speech, West stormed the stage and said Beyonce should have won for “Single Ladies.”
It was obvious that Beyonce was just as shocked as the rest of us.
Interestingly enough, Beyonce later won Video of the Year and let Swift have her moment.
But backstage, one producer said she broke down into tears because she felt so bad for Swift.
“I see [Big Machine founder] Scott Borchetta and I say, “Please have her stay, I will figure out a way to deal with this.” I walk behind the stage — and sure enough there is Beyoncé and her dad, and she is crying. She was like, “I didn’t know this was going to happen, I feel so bad for her.” And that’s when it started to click in my head, and maybe hers, about potentially having the whole arc play out in that one night.”
Another added that Beyonce refused to do press afterward.
“It wasn’t until the very end of the night, when Beyoncé won and invited Taylor up, that Beyoncé came down first and I said, “Beyoncé, can we talk, please?” And she said, “No, no, no — I’m not doing press. The person you’re gonna want to talk to is coming down soon.”
Then Taylor came, definitely way more composed. She took some time to figure out what she was going to say, and gave a very subdued interview. She addressed it in a very matter-of-fact way. She said, “That moment of winning a Video Music Award was mind-blowing and I felt really good, and when Kanye first jumped up on stage I was really excited because I’m a huge fan and then… I was not as excited.”
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