Kanye West Comandeers Taylor Swift's Microphone During an Acceptance Speech at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards

Taylor, I'm really happy for you, and I'm gonna let you finish, but Beyoncé had one of the best videos of all time”

— Kanye West

On September 13, 2009, during the MTV Video Music Awards, while Taylor Swift was accepting her award for Best Female Video award, West went on stage and grabbed the microphone to proclaim that Beyonce's video for "Single Ladies", nominated for the same award, was "one of the best videos of all time." He handed the mic back to an apparently distraught Swift who was unable to finish her acceptance speech during the live broadcast after West received a negative reaction from the audience. It was reported later that he was removed from the remainder of the show for his actions. Kanye later apologized on his blog.