After Kanye West alleged that he made Taylor Swift famous by interrupting her at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards, she shot back in the most ladylike way possible at the Grammy Awards Monday night.
While accepting an award for album of the year, Swift took aim at the rapper, and did so without mentioning Kanye by name.
“To all the young women out there, there are going to be people along the way who will try to undercut your success or take credit for your accomplishments or your fame,” Swift said.
“But if you just focus on the work and you don’t let those people sidetrack you, someday when you get where you’re going, you’ll look around and you’ll know that it was you, and the people around you who love you, who put you there. Thank you for this moment.”
In a song entitled “Famous,” a track on Kanye’s new album “The Life of Pablo,” he raps: “I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex / Why? I made that bitch famous.”
Here’s a video of that painfully awkward, infamous moment he’s talking about.
Kayne apparently thinks that him interrupting Swift as she was giving an acceptance speech for winning best female video of the year at the 2009 VMAs is what launched her to success, and was brazen enough to rap about it in his latest album.
But Swift reminded everyone Monday night that her accomplishments are her own. After all, she was in the middle of accepting an award for her talents the moment Kanye interrupted her.
She dealt Kanye a blow in a very tactful and classy way. By not mentioning West by name, Swift made sure that the rapper would not steal another big moment from her again.
Take a bow, Taylor. You’ve earned it.