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Sorry, MTV VMA queen Taylor Swift: Kanye West is king of award-show tantrums

September 13, 2009 |  8:50 pm

No one should really be shocked that Kanye West ruined Taylor Swift's MTV VMA victory for best female video by interrupting her acceptance speech, and rudely roaring, "Taylor, I'm really happy for you. I'll let you finish, but Beyonce had one of the best videos of all time! One of the best videos of all time!"

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Kanye West has a long history of throwing the best tantrums over award shows . . . of all time.

In 2004, Kanye was so furious when he lost best new artist at the American Music Awards to country crooner Gretchen Wilson that he stormed out of the ceremony, fuming to reporters, "I left like I was definitely robbed and I refused to give any politically correct … comment. I was the best new artist of the year!" He even suggested that he was the victim of a sinister conspiracy.

A few months later, when Kanye won best rap album at the Grammys, he said, snarkily, in his acceptance speech, "A lot of people were wondering what I was going to do if I didn't win anything. I guess we'll never know."

In 2006, at the MTV Europe Music Awards, Kanye got so angry that his "Touch the Sky" lost an award to "We Are Your Friends," he interrupted Justice and Simian's acceptance speech to insist that his video should've won because it "cost a million dollars and Pamela Anderson was in it." Later, he kvetched to reporters, denouncing Simian's victory with profanity, adding, "I paid a million. It took a month to film. I stood on a mountain. I flew in a helicopter over Vegas . . . . I did it all to be the king of all videos."


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