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Kanye West storms the stage at MTV VMAs

Taylor Swift got a surprise when she accepted the award for Best Female Video at Sunday night’s MTV Video Music Awards.


After Swift, looking shocked, beat out Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Kelly Clarkson, Pink and Beyonce for the honor, she took the stage and accepted the award.“I always dreamed about what it would be like to win one of these one day,” Taylor said with surprise. “I never thought it would happen.”As Taylor continued, Kanye interrupted, saying he thought Beyonce’s “Single Ladies” video was wrongly overlooked. “Hey Taylor, I’m really happy for you, but Beyonce had one of the best videos of all time.” Swift, 19, stood silently holding her trophy, looking humiliated, cameras cut to Beyonce looking stunned in the crowd, and MTV then cut to break. The audience booed him, and gave her a standing ovation. Fortunately, Taylor got another chance to complete her acceptance speech. When Beyonce accepted the Best Video Award for “Single Ladies,” she invited Taylor back on stage to give her interrupted speech instead. After the awards, Kanye apologized on his blog to Taylor. “I’m in the wrong for going on stage and taking away from her moment,” he wrote in part.


Tribute to Michael Jackson


MTV opened the 2009 Video Music Awards with a moving tribute to the dearly departed King of Pop. A gang of dancers took on some of Michael’s greatest video dance moves, each dressed in a signature MJ outfit. They were later joined by his baby sister Janet Jackson for a performance of their duet Scream.Madonna started off the tribute with a moving speech that left not a dry eye in the house.


Winners:


Video Of The Year: Beyonce, “Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)”; Best Female Video: Taylor Swift, “You Belong With Me”; Best Rock Video: Green Day, “21 Guns”; Best Pop Video: Britney Spears, “Womanizer”; Best Male Video: T.I. featuring Rihanna, “Live Your Life”; Best Hip-Hop Video: Eminem, “We Made You”; Best New Artist: Lady Gaga; Best Video That Should Have Won A Moonman: Beastie Boys, “Sabotage”; Best Breakthrough Video: Matt and Kim, “Lessons Learned.”

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