It was a year ago that rapper Kanye West cried foul and interrupted country music star Taylor Swift’s Best Female Video acceptance speech at the MTV Video Music Awards, but Sunday night the two were back on the VMA stage- albeit separately.
The 2010 MTV Video Music Awards featured the highly anticipated performances of both Swift and West, but their performances couldn’t have been more different.
Swift performed a poignant and serious song from her upcoming album, which is aptly titled “Speak Now”. While the title of the song she performed was not announced, it is presumed to be “Innocent” or “Still an Innocent”. Swift sang of being “an innocent” and seemed to extend an olive branch out to West, singing, “What you did is not who you are”.
You can check out Taylor Swift’s VMA performance here.
Later, Kanye West closed the show with his song “Runaway”, which paid tribute to being a “scumbag”, among other niceties (sample lyric” “Let’s have a toast for the d—-bags”). While it’s unclear who West was referring to in his song, it could be taken as either a tongue in cheek diss to himself or a cocky “I don’t care what you think of me” song.
You can see Kanye West’s 2010 VMA performance here (be warned: there are some crude lyrics in the chorus, so cover the kids’ ears).
West spent a good part of last week Tweeting about last year’s VMA incident with Swift and offering his apologies to the singer, even offering up that he had penned a “beautiful song” for Swift and that he would perform it for her if she didn’t take it. Surely “Runaway” was not the song because I sure can’t see the prim Swift singing that song!
So after last night’s song duel, is it time for Taylor Swift and Kanye West to forgive and forget? Or will this be continued at next year’s Video Music Awards? Stay tuned….
2010 MTV Video Music Awards, September 12, 2010, MTV