Taylor Swift’s VMA 2010 performance inspiration was clear. Before the Taylor Swift VMA 2010 new song came out, everyone knew that Kanye West would play some part in Swift’s VMA song. Given what happened last year, and given that West was debuting his own new song at the end, everyone was waiting to see how Swift would address it. There had been reports that she and West would appear together, but those were quickly shot down before the show. Instead, the Taylor Swift VMA 2010 new song had her hint that West was an “Innocent.”
Like West, Swift has a new album to promote, although her album has a name and will be coming out soon. “Speak” will be out in October, and includes a new song called “Innocent” that takes direct aim at what happened last year.
The Taylor Swift VMA 2010 performance started with a video montage of last year’s incident, where West hijacked Swift’s acceptance speech to plug Beyonce. Once she began to sing, the song appeared to slam West by saying “32 is still growing up.”
However, since the song title was “Innocent,” Swift took a more forgiving tone toward West’s personality. In fact, she stated that “Who you are is not what you did,” suggesting that Swift’s VMA song was her way of accepting his apologies. She also expressed hope that “today is never too late to be brand new.”
Still, West is too set in his ways to completely change, as he had his own way of addressing the controversy. While Swift’s VMA 2010 new song tried to be uplifting, West’s own performance was more envelope-pushing and stylized. But when he performed his salute to the “d*****bags,” most accepted that he was mocking his own image as a way to apologize.
Swift and West did not come into contact with each other, at least while they were on camera. But they were clearly on each other’s minds during their performances, as they sought closure in their own trademark fashion. It also helped them tease and promote their new albums, as they each seek to be better known for their music from now on.
With both the Kanye West and Taylor Swift VMA 2010 new songs, official closure may have been achieved on what happened. Of course, they will still be linked for all time, especially after how they addressed things last night. They are as different as two performers can be, yet they will never truly escape one another.
Nevertheless, now that both artists have gotten through another VMA show, the incident may finally start to die down a little. At the least, they can get back to work on their new music, after they both plugged it last night.
CBS News- “Taylor Swift VMAs 2010: Innocent Lyrics Reflect on Kanye West Incident”
YouTube- “Taylor Swift – Innocent”