Sunday night’s 2010 MTV Video Music Awards had its share of memorable moments, but nothing was more anticipated than Taylor Swift’s comeback song aimed at rapper Kanye West. In an unnamed song, Swift somberly recounted the infamous incident that put both she and Kanye West in the headlines last year.
Considering how West unceremoniously interrupted her Best Female Artist acceptance speech last year at the VMAs, Swift’s upcoming album is aptly titled- “Speak Now”. And at Sunday night’s live Video Music Awards show, she debuted one of the tracks from her new album while giving West a piece of her mind- in song.
The title of the song was not announced, but the chorus contained the lyrics, “Still an Innocent”.
Swift’s performance started out with a clip of last year’s VMA incident, making it clear who and what the song was about. But instead of the tongue lashing that many expected, the ever-classy Swift seemed to extend an olive branch out to West, delivering a moving and poignant song. The harshest lyrics were, “32 and still growing up now”, but Swift seemed to forgive when she sang, “Who you are is not what you did.”
Other lyrics to the highly personal song included, “Every one of us has messed up, too….I hope you remember today is never too late to be brand new.”
West has spent the past week apologizing to Swift for last year’s incident via Twitter, even tweeting that he “wrote a song for Taylor Swift that’s so beautiful and I want her to have it. If she won’t take it then I’ll perform it for her”.
But it was Swift who did the performing on Sunday night, when she took the VMA stage and belted out the song, possibly titled “Innocent” or “Still an Innocent”.
In reply, Kanye later took the stage to sing about being a “d—-bag” and offering a toast to “scumbags”.
2010 MTV Video Music Awards, September 12, 2010, MTV Network