Monday, September 14, 2009


Kanye West has been acting like a Class A gimp for quite some time now, but the self-styled 'voice of his generation' sunk to new lows last night at the MTV Video Music Awards. As 19-year-old Taylor Swift accepted her award for Best Female Video, West stormed the stage, grabbed the microphone from a bewildered Swift and told her “Yo Taylor, I’m really happy for you, I’ll let you finish, but BeyoncĂ© has one of the best videos of all time. One of the best videos of all time!” (Swift's video for 'You Belong With Me' had beaten Beyonce's 'Single Ladies (Put a Ring On It)' to the prize). The audience were reduced to a stunned silence, Beyonce looked mortified in the crowd, while poor Swift was close to tears.

West has previous in this respect, of course: at the 2006 MTV Europe Music Awards, he interrupted an acceptance speech to protest that the video for Justice VS Simian's 'We Are Your Friends' had beaten his promo for 'Touch The Sky' to Best Video, despite the fact that his one cost loads of money and featured Pamela Anderson (reliable indicators of creative genius).

Fair play to Beyonce, who later invited Swift up on stage while accepting her own award - it seems that you can be a multi-million selling superstar and retain some dignity at the same time. Kanye, take some notes. Gimp.

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