Kanye West: “I’M IN THE WRONG”

While Taylor Swift was in the press room talking about Kanye West running in and interrupting her acceptance speech, Kanye was updating his blog (perhaps because he’d been kicked out of the show shortly after the whole thing went down?) and he had this to say:

I’M SOOOOO SORRY TO TAYLOR SWIFT AND HER FANS AND HER MOM. I SPOKE TO HER MOTHER RIGHT AFTER AND SHE SAID THE SAME THING MY MOTHER WOULD’VE SAID. SHE IS VERY TALENTED! I LIKE THE LYRICS ABOUT BEING A CHEERLEADER AND SHE’S IN THE BLEACHERS! …………………… I’M IN THE WRONG FOR GOING ON STAGE AND TAKING AWAY FROM HER MOMENT!…………….. BEYONCE’S VIDEO WAS THE BEST OF THIS DECADE!!!! I’M SORRY TO MY FANS IF I LET YOU GUYS DOWN!!!! I’M SORRY TO MY FRIENDS AT MTV. I WILL APOLOGIZE TO TAYLOR 2MRW. WELCOME TO THE REAL WORLD!!!! EVERYBODY WANNA BOOOOO ME BUT I’M A FAN OF REAL POP CULTURE!!! NO DISRESPECT BUT WE WATCHIN’ THE SHOW AT THE CRIB RIGHT NOW CAUSE … WELL YOU KNOW!!!! I’M STILL HAPPY FOR TAYLOR!!!! BOOOYAAAWWWW!!!! YOU ARE VERY VERY TALENTED!!! I GAVE MY AWARDS TO OUTKAST WHEN THEY DESERVED IT OVER ME… THAT’S WHAT IT IS!!!!!!! I’M NOT CRAZY YALL, I’M JUST REAL. SORRY FOR THAT!!! I REALLY FEEL BAD FOR TAYLOR AND I’M SINCERELY SORRY!!! MUCH RESPECT!!!!!



He then added a shout-out to Serena Williams. Kindred spirits, you know.


Meanwhile, Swift (while standing about 10 feet away from me) said she was offended by the whole thing after being excited that Kanye was on stage with her initially. I’m glad her mom stuck up for her too!


POSSIBLY INEVITABLE 11:51 p.m. UPDATE: Kanye’s site is now down for “upgrades.”


I’M SOOOOO SORRY [kanYe West: Blog]
[Photo: Getty]

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  • TheMozfather

    Is he having second thoughts about apologizing? His blog is down for “upgrades.”

  • http://nedraggett.wordpress.com NedRaggett

    The great (?) thing about that photo is whoever is back there just smiling away…

  • MikeZuniga

    Isn’t this like the 4th time Kayne has pulled shit like this at an awards show? And they keep inviting him why?

  • ampersandparade

    I just don’t get this at all. Why do it? Even taking into account someone’s blind ambition at causing as much attention for themselves as possible, what about the five seconds immediately after he tells this girl, to her face, that she did not deserve the award she was holding? How could a grown man not see the repercussions that come from usurping a moment where a teenage girl is receiving an award for her success and contribution to music? She is a teenager, who plays her own instrument and is respectful to other artists and causes little if any trouble. She is an awesome role model for the little ladies in my family, even if I find her music to be simplistic and formulaic.

    I said this on another blog after the initial event, but it shocks me not that this occurred (Lady Gaga did stage her own fake assassination during her performance, so this is where American pop culture is at right now), but instead that Kanye West was supposed to herald the new era of more intellectual hip-hop, of the rapper who thinks deeper than bitches and bling. There is no reason for him to be this successful while being this disrespectful to other artists (need people forget this is two for two, so far as bum-rushing the MTV stage goes), while someone far more intelligent and respectful of other artists such as Lupe Fiasco to be relegated to the far corner of pop music.

  • http://idolator.com/ Maura

    @TheMozfather: Maybe Taylor’s mom got a hold of him.

  • http://idolator.com/ Maura

    God the celebrity Twitter reactions to this are so much fun. Chris Brown!

    @MechanicalDummy: SEE, IF HE HAD A BOWTIE ON THIS WOULDVE NEVER HAPPENED..LMAO

  • ampersandparade

    @Maura: Hahaha! This joke will be made ten thousand times in the coming twenty-four hours, but this being the first time I heard it, it made me laugh HARD, in that annoying way people do when they cannot control it at all. This means it is a perfect joke.

    Also, good job on the liveblog!

  • http://idolator.com/ Maura

    The replay is showing right now. I forgot how amazing all the cutaways were. Beyonce! Taylor! A wall! What?

  • http://therockabyereview.wordpress.com Rockabye

    The replay > the live version. Man, that was a moment. Well done, whoever orchestrated this.

  • http://idolator.com/ Maura

    @ampersandparade: Thank you! Our comments keep crossing, but you are totally on point in your comment. I mean, I guess this is to be expected by someone who’s such a firebrand when he’s performing (he brought down the house at the Jay-Z show, more than any other guest) — and I think that my initial thoughts that this was a “work” (to use a wrestling term) were a testament to his, uh, history.

  • http://8tracks.com/jacks Chainsaw Dick

    the only way kanye’s interruption would have been acceptable is if he ended it by nonsensically ranting that “WU-TANG IS FOR THE CHILDREN!”

  • Lucas Jensen

    Listen, what Kanye did was unacceptable, arrogant, and disrespectful. What Serena did was threaten bodily harm on another human being and then deny and then not apologize for it. They’re really not even close to me. Kanye’s was stupid; Serena was out-of-control.

  • Chris Molanphy

    Kanye bum-rushing Swift to say Beyoncé should have won was rude, senseless and grossly inconsiderate.

    He was also, aesthetically, 100% correct.

    Guy still needs to build a filter between brain and mouth.

  • Lucas Jensen

    @Chris Molanphy: So true re: aesthetics. Is there something about Taylor Swift that I’m missing? To see critics fawn over her and then to actually hear her is some real cognitive dissonance for me.

  • Lucas Jensen

    @ampersandparade: I agree with a lot of this, but I will say that Lupe Fiasco has a lot of help from a lot of very important friends, including Kanye, who was one of the first people to feature him. You can blame the public for not embracing him, but it’s not a zero sum thing with him w/r/t Kanye (who has been a big-time booster).

  • ObtuseIntolerant

    @Lucas Jensen: Agree.

    I am going with the conspiracy theories for now…Taylor Swift has brilliant PR people, you know.

  • http://therockabyereview.wordpress.com Rockabye

    “(W)hile someone far more intelligent and respectful of other artists such as Lupe Fiasco to be relegated to the far corner of pop music.”

    Not that Lupe deserves his semi-exile, but not knowing the lyrics to that Tribe song and copping out by saying he didn’t listen to them isn’t exactly respectful.

    What Kanye’s done is worse, but…

  • ampersandparade

    @Lucas Jensen: I don’t understand the critical appreciation either, although it may come from the fact that she actually picks up a guitar when she takes the stage and cares somewhat about the actual construction of music, not just in singing it. I think a lot of the kind things said are probably in the hope that she will utilize this interest in composition and performance and shape it into something actually critically-merited later in her career, therefor justifying their early declarations of awesomeness.

    From the viewpoint of someone who frequently has to listen to the music of twelve year olds he shares a home with, I can say that she is quite easy on the ears when compared to her contemporaries, and if I had to pick a song to have stuck in my head for the rest of the day I’d be okay with that Romeo and Juliet crap.

  • http://therockabyereview.wordpress.com Rockabye

    @ampersandparade: @Lucas Jensen @Chris Molanphy: I think Taylor’s a lot better than most of the teenage-pitched swill, and I do respect the sincere effort she seems to put in (to put her in her own high school context, she’s totally Most Likely to Succeed) but outside a few great pop songs — and “You Belong With Me” definitely is, sweet and low and careful with its moments and perfect for 15-year-old girls — she hasn’t done a ton of stuff that will last.

    That’s why I really want her to ditch the “country” vibe and just go pop. She’s only a little more “country” than Shania was, but her pop instincts (her own! not Mutt Lange’s!) dwarf Shania’s.

  • ampersandparade

    Re: the Lupe discussion upthread; I agree with others sentiments that he had help getting to where he is, and understand Kanye’s early support engendered a lot of press for him from otherwise ambivalent corners, he was just the first person I thought of; there are tons of other intelligent rappers without that kind of media support who do a great (better!) job of being kind and respectful to others. Lupe’s still never bum-rushed a stage, though, although I don’t think he even gets invited to these sorts of things anymore.

    @Rockabye: Yeah, I agree, I don’t think she knows what a great pop singer she could be. She doesn’t have to go into the synthesized or urban route, pop has many faces this century, but she’s got a knack for knowing how to make people happy with her music, and she does it with little effort or theatrical acrobatics. She’s still super young though, in the infancy of her career, so perhaps the evolution will take place as she spends more time out of the south and interacts more with others within the industry.

  • http://therockabyereview.wordpress.com Rockabye

    @ampersandparade: I sort of agree with you on Lupe. He’ll be fine, though, if he can go from recording to touring; and, having seen him live twice, he’s maturing nicely.

    Also, Swift may be a country girl at hear, but she’s from Pennsylvania. She’s been out of the South before and is probably a little more worldly than a lot of the 19-year-olds in Nashville. Not sure what that means, but throwin’ it in there.

  • Chris Molanphy

    @Lucas Jensen: @ampersandparade: @Rockabye:

    I begrudge Taylor Swift nothing — she’s talented, and her songs are charming.

    Just saying: any Swift video, vs. “Single Ladies”? That’s an easy, easy, easy aesthetic call. On the merits, Kanye was right.

  • http://therockabyereview.wordpress.com Rockabye

    @Chris Molanphy: I’m with you; I don’t begrudge her anything, and I’m excited for the rest of her career, but that video is as pedestrian as they come. Perfect for MTV’s crowd, of course.

    Furthermore: Kanye’s very rarely wrong on the merits. It’s the arrogance and exuberance that eclipses his points that is so troubling for many.

  • vernae1976

    Did Beyonce direct and produce the video? Honestly, the SNL skit of it was much better than the original, where’s their award?

    What was so EPIC about her video?

  • slowburn

    @vernae1976: What kind of a weak question is that? Dude, EVERYONE has a version of the “Single Ladies” dance. It was the meme that kept on giving, all year. Everyone saw it — It was the only video that connected people the way a smash pop song used to. That, in and of itself, makes it video of the year.

  • Chris Molanphy

    @vernae1976: What was so epic about, say, Sinéad O’Connor’s “Nothing Compares 2U”? (Video of the Year, 1990) It was just her staring at the screen and, eventually, crying. But it was epic: a brilliant performance, of a set-up/premise that totally enhanced the song and became indelible, iconic.

    Same goes for “Single Ladies”: there’d be nothing much to talk about, if the clip weren’t so perfect — sassy, fearless (from B & co.’s outfits to the way they shake it so fiercely) and iconic. I mean, even if half the YouTubin’ and flashmobbin’ world hadn’t already imitated it, you could argue that the clip all by itself was a perfect blend of image and song, the kind of thing B will be remembered for forever. (Quick, picture Bob Dylan: I’d lay odds you just envisioned him in an alleyway flipping cards. Quick, picture Beyoncé: leotard, black-and-white, that fists-and-stomping dance.)

    Just to be perfectly clear: This is one of the all-around best, most inarguable, most deserving VotY winners this decade. Only “Hey Ya!” (2004) and maybe “Work It” (2003) equal it for deserving-ness.

  • chachwitablog

    @Chris Molanphy: I’m pretty sure that you already knew this, but you know the “Single Ladies” was a ripoff (even B has admitted it) of another amazing video, right?
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KU3N5c2Kxnw

    That said, yeah it is a great video. But…probably only second-best of the year, behind “Paparazzi.” There, I said it, I’m arguing with you, “Single Ladies” wasn’t even the best video of this year, let alone the decade. (It was absolutely the most deserving of MTV’s chosen nominees, however.)

  • Chris Molanphy

    @chachwitablog: The word you’re looking for is “homage,” not “ripoff.” By your yardstick, the “Hey Ya!” video is a “ripoff” of the Ed Sullivan Show, and Lady GaGa is a “ripoff” of Madonna by way of Andy Warhol. (Actually, that last statement might be true.)

  • kumataj

    Mad funny mash up of this—

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=elAUxEmuYQ4

    haha