Update: Looks like Viacom already yanked the clip.
We'll try to find it somewhere else. Check it out above.
OK, this shit is just too good. After Taylor Swift's Nashville victory lap over at the Sommet Center on Saturday night, our cover girl hightailed it up to NYC for an appearance at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards. Not only did Swift do some kind of fish-out-of-water subway performance for the telecast, she also managed to snatch up a moon man in the category for "best female video"--beating out Lady Gaga, Kelly Clarkson, Katy Perry, Pink and, most importantly, Beyonce.
While Swift was thanking MTV for awarding a country artist in a pop category, none other than the ever-ungracious Kanye West came out of nowhere and took it upon himself to hijack the stage on live television. In an obvious display of disapproval for Swift's victory, West grabbed the mic straight out of her hands and proceeded to praise Beyonce for having made "one of the best videos of all-time" for "Single Ladies." Way to rage against the machine, dude. Beyonce looked mortified, Swift looked dumbfounded and Kanye--once again--looked like the biggest dipshit on the pop-culture landscape.
Do you guys remember when David Lee Roth interrupted Beck's acceptance speech at the 1996 VMA's to self-congratulate himself and his former Van Halen band mates for burying the hatchet and standing onstage together for an entire 60 seconds? Roth was at least supposed to be onstage--he was a presenter. Congratulations Kanye, you're now officially a bigger asshole than David Lee Roth. Man, whoever would've thought THAT bravado could've ever been topped?
Because I don't like to end my weekends with night terrors I opted for NOT watching the VMAs. Luckily the 24-hour news cycle brought this little slice of faux pas heaven to my attention in time to make it into your morning Cream. I've posted the best video that I could find at 2 a.m. of the Kanye Swift-boat incident. Check it out before Viacom erases its existence from YouTube--like they did two years ago with that befuddling Britney Spears performance where she just kinda stood there half-heartedly dancing and lip-syncing as if she'd just been unknowingly quantum-lept into the situation. I hope this video goes well with your morning coffee, be sure you don't spit it across your desk. And Taylor Swift, congratulations, you've now been Kanyed--it's whole new echelon of fame.
Also, apparently at last night's show there were awards given out during previous ceremonies. Winners included The Beastie Boys and Matt and Kim. Since when do the VMAs have so many awards they have to announce them in the pre-show? How long have the VMAs been as big an industry circle-jerk as the Grammy's? Back when they used to actually play videos MTV could fit all the awards into the live broadcast. I know, I attended the VMAs in 1992--that's right I saw Krist Novoselic hit himself with his own bass--and I sure don't remember anything being left out of the main event--keep in mind this was also a VMA show that featured a full performance of "November Rain."