Taylor Swift’s History on the VMAs: Her Most Memorable Moments Following the Kanye West Incident

by Jeremy Spirogis
Kanye West takes the microphone from Taylor Swift during the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards on September 13, 2009 in New York City.

It’s 2020, and, as soon as once more, artist Taylor Swift is nominated on the MTV Video Music Awards. The award present, which is happening in varied areas throughout her favourite metropolis, New York, has been the location of lots of her previous notable profession moments. Here’s a have a look at them.

2009: Her first win and the Kanye West incident

Kanye West takes the microphone from Taylor Swift during the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards on September 13, 2009 in New York City.
Kanye West takes the microphone from Taylor Swift in the course of the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards on September 13, 2009 in New York City. | Kevin Mazur/WireImage

One of probably the most memorable occasions in VMA historical past occurred in 2009. Setting the scene, this was solely Swift’s second time on the award present, having attended the 12 months earlier than as a nominee for Best New Artist. She was up for Best Female Video for “You Belong With Me,” which she gained.

But when Swift took to the stage, her second was interrupted. Kanye West uttered his now-infamous phrases: “Taylor, I’m really happy for you, and Imma let you finish, but Beyoncé had one of the best videos of all time!” Later, when Beyoncé accepted the award for Video of the Year, she referred to as Swift as much as the stage to provide her speech.

2010: She carried out ‘Innocent’

Taylor Swift performs on stage at the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards on September 12, 2010 in Los Angeles, California.Taylor Swift performs on stage at the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards on September 12, 2010 in Los Angeles, California.
Taylor Swift performs on stage on the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards on September 12, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. | Kevin Mazur/WireImage

As Swift herself has stated, she writes her experiences into her music. At the 2010 MTV VMAs, Swift was once more nominated for Best Female Video, for “Fifteen,” a music about being an adolescent and experiencing heartbreak for the primary time. But she didn’t carry out the music she was nominated for.

Instead, Swift performed a model new, unreleased music, titled “Innocent.” The gesture was extensively believed to be her publicly forgiving West, with many pointing to traces within the refrain as proof: “It’s okay, life is a tough crowd/32, and still growing up now/Who you are is not what you did/You’re still an innocent.”

2015: Swift’s first Video of the Year

Selena Gomez and Taylor Swift attend the 2015 MTV Video Music AwardsSelena Gomez and Taylor Swift attend the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards
Selena Gomez and Taylor Swift attend the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards | John Shearer/Getty Images

Following her second win in 2013 and her efficiency in 2014, Swift’s subsequent massive 12 months on the VMAs was 2015. With 10 nods, she was probably the most nominated artist of the occasion. Of these, she gained 4 — once more a brand new document for her — together with the highest prize of the evening, Video of the Year, for “Bad Blood.”

In addition to being a performer and a nominee, Swift pulled triple obligation as a presenter. To actually mark what they believed to be the top of their feud, she made a speech and gave Kanye West the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award. West additionally acknowledged his half of their historical past — and introduced his run for president in 2020.

2017: ‘Look What You Made Me Do’ premiere

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Swift didn’t attend the 2016 VMAs, the place West defended name-dropping her (and utilizing her picture) in his nominated video “Famous.” And although she was nominated, she didn’t attend the 2017 VMAs both. (Jack Antonoff and Sam Dew accepted her award for Best Collaboration for “I Don’t Wanna Live Forever.”)

But in true Taylor Swift style, she made a splash anyway. Her Reputation lead single, “Look What You Made Me Do,” dropped days earlier, and the music video premiered on the award present. In each the music and the video, she references her feud with West, which was now formally again on following the earlier 12 months’s occasions.

2019: Swift makes historical past with ‘You Need to Calm Down’ win

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Again, regardless of being nominated, Swift didn’t attend the 2018 VMAs. She returned for the primary time in 4 years with the 2019 award present, the place she broke her personal document with 12 nominations. In addition to performing, Swift earned three awards, together with her second Video of the Year for “You Need to Calm Down.”

This win was distinctive, as Swift grew to become the primary feminine artist to win Video of the Year for a video she co-directed. Although she didn’t point out West, she did one thing fascinating: The first individual she hugged was Beyoncé impersonator Riley Knoxx, mirroring the best way she embraced the actual Beyoncé on stage 10 years earlier.

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