Taylor Swift Appears To Joke About That Kanye West Moment In Eras Tour Concert

And it isn’t the first time the star has seemingly referenced that infamous 2009 MTV Video Music Awards moment recently.
Taylor Swift on stage earlier this month
Taylor Swift on stage earlier this month
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With this year’s MTV Video Music Awards just around the corner, Taylor Swift appears to be reflecting on her own history with the annual ceremony ― including the time she was interrupted by Kanye West, who now goes by Ye.

Though Taylor didn’t mention Ye directly, she seemingly alluded to that infamous pop culture moment on Sunday, during the Mexico City stop on her Eras Tour.

As the 12-time Grammy winner sat down to perform Champagne Problems off her 2021 album Evermore, the audience began chanting her name over and over.

“It’s the best way to be interrupted, by the way, just people chanting your name,” she told the crowd, as seen in video clips from the show. “It’s really the only way to be interrupted ― and I would know.”

For those who need a refresher, Taylor was in the midst of accepting the Best Female Video award at the 2009 MTV VMAs when Ye stormed the stage and proclaimed Beyoncé’s Single Ladies more worthy of the honour.

The incident would set off what many have characterised as a decade-long feud between Ye and Taylor.

And this isn’t the first time that Taylor has appeared to have a laugh at the 14-year-old situation while on tour.

She broke down in giggles last month in Seattle while performing an acoustic version of This Is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things, a 2017 track that was rumoured to have been inspired by Ye.

“I can’t even say it with a straight face,” she told the crowd, after singing the line “and here’s to you, ’cause forgiveness is a nice thing to do”, replicating the studio version of the track.

Ye interrupted Taylor Swift's acceptance speech at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards.
Ye interrupted Taylor Swift's acceptance speech at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards.
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Earlier this year, actor Taylor Lautner ― who presented the award to Swift in 2009 and was in a relationship with her at the time ― offered his own take on the situation.

In a chat with his wife, Tay Lautner, on The Squeeze podcast, the Twilight star said he was “unaware that the Kanye thing was not a skit” until after it happened.

“I’m just assuming that this whole thing was a practiced and rehearsed skit, because why else would Kanye West be jumping up on the stage interrupting Taylor Swift? It just didn’t make sense,” he recalled.

Just moments later, the reality of the situation began to sink in.

“The second she turned back around and I saw her face for the first time,” he said, “I was like, ‘Oh! That wasn’t good.’”

Taylor is nominated for eight VMAs at this year’s ceremony, which is set to take place on September 12.

If she secures at least seven of those wins, she’ll surpass Madonna as the most-awarded artist in VMAs history.


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