#2. MTV Video Music Awards
Date: September 2009
Best line: “Yo, Taylor I’m really happy for you. I’m going to let you finish, but Beyonce had one of the best videos of all time.”
Complex says: During Taylor Swift’s acceptance speech for winning the award for Best Female Video, Kanye interrupted her by running on-stage, grabbing the mic, and voicing his opinion that Beyonce should have won instead for “Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It).” Although it sparked one of our favorite Internet memes ever, it wasn’t all good.
The public backlash against Kanye (especially on Twitter) was severe. Even President Obama called Kanye a “jackass.” The day after the show, Kanye appeared on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno to discuss his feelings on what had transpired during the awards. Having lost his mother to surgery complications in late 2007 and subsequently releasing the most emotional album of his career the following year, he was speechless when Leno unexpectedly asked what his mother would think of his actions.
The incident and the aftermath have all been talked to death but there’s one thing that always bothered us. At the end of the VMAs, Beyonce won the award for Best Video of the Year (and was gracious enough to let Taylor appear on stage once again). But if Taylor had the Best Female Video, how could Beyonce have the best overall video? Shouldn’t Beyonce have won Best Female Video as well?