You can barely even count the times Kanye West has hijacked a public forum to show the world he's an insufferable jackass, but perhaps his most famous hissy fit happened when when he rushed the stage during the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards, snatched the mic from Taylor Swift, and told everybody that Beyonce deserved the award for Best Female Video that Taylor Swift just won. It was so bad, the Obama called him jackass. But in case you're still unsure on whether Kanye is a delusional, meglomaniac who truly believes the entire world revolves around him, he wasn't done. Now, in a leaked audio from that night, Kanye let the voices in his head justify his dick move (Transcript below, audio over at Gawker)
I'd rather just let the [inaudible] speak for itself. You know, it’s like, I was happy to be in a situation where people couldn’t say, oh, I was trying to promote my own song. For the times that I’ve, like, defended myself… [Tape break] I'm pushing the envelope! I wrote my fuckin' 'Run This Town' verse for a fuckin' month! When I heard Eminem's verse on the Drake shit, I went back and rewrote my shit for two days. I canceled appointments to rewrite! I fuckin' care! You know what I'm saying? And that's what I'm saying. Because I did that, Taylor Swift cannot win over Beyoncé! Because I wrote my verse in two days, Taylor Swift cannot beat Beyoncé. As long as I'm alive! And if I'm alive, kill me then! Kill me then! As long as I'm alive, you gon' have to deal with it. 'Cause there ain't gonna be no more motherfucking Elvises with no James Browns.
[A female voice asks, “Why are you so angry? What’s the anger?”] Because my mother got arrested for the fuckin' sit-ins. My mother died for this fame shit! I moved to fuckin' Hollywood chasing this shit. My mother died because of this shit. Fuck MTV.
It ain't no love. What the fuck was Pink performing? Don't nobody know that song. Pink performed twice! Two songs? How the fuck Pink perform two songs and I didn't even get asked to perform "Heartless." "Heartless" is the biggest song of the year! It had the most spins of the first quarter! I don't know that Pink song! But I noticed that she's pink! They put me in a fuckin' room and [inaudible – maybe “projected it”].
[A male voice asks, “How the fuck did Eminem get the Best Hip-Hop song in 2008?”] Eminem won Best Video! Rap Video! Yo, when he wont that shit, I was so happy. I was so happy I [unclear – “ran all this shit,” maybe]. I said, “Nigga, I’m gon’ do this until y’all put a bullet in my head. I’m runnin’ up to y’all, put a…” [tape cuts].
Like most children who throw tantrums, Kanye West didn't really think his actions through. As you may recall in 2009, Taylor Swift was just some teen country music chick whose name barely registered with anyone except people with braces who drew butterflies on their notebooks. And after Kanye rushed the stage, that was last time Taylor Swift had to pretend she was surprised she won an award. Because she wins all of them now. Instead of being a cute teen chick who would have nice moment to tell her grandkids, Kanye West turned her into America's bullied sweetheart and a global conglomerate. So the next time you find yourself sick of seeing Taylor Swift, you have Kanye to thank.
In case you forgot, here's what happened:
Beyonce of course won Best Video of The Year for "Single Ladies" (as she should have), but instead of being Kanye, she did this: