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MTV Video Music Awards 2009: Beyonce wins, Kanye apologises


Story by Jack Foley

BEYONCE, Lady Gaga and Green Day were among the big winners at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards, taking home three prizes each.

But Saturday’s ceremony was marked by rapper Kanye West’s bizarre decision to interrupt the acceptance speech of singer Taylor Swift to insist that Beyonce should have been won the best female video prize as well. He has since apologised.

Nevertheless, Beyonce won the awards for Video of the Year (for Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)) as well as best choreography and best editing for the same video.

Lady Gaga, meanwhile, won best new artist for Poker Face, as well as best art director for Paparazzi and best special effects for the same single.

Green Day, meanwhile, won best rock video for their single, 21 Guns, as well as best cinematography and best direction.

There were also prizes for Taylor Swift, who won the controversial best female video category for her hit, You Belong To Me, and T.I. feat. Rihanna, who won the best male video for his hit Live Your Life.

Indie duo Matt And Kim won the best breakthrough prize for their video to Lessons Learned, which infamously sees them running naked through New York’s Times Square, and Britney Spears took home the best pop video prize for her single, Womanizer.

Eminem won the best hip hop video for his record, We Made You, while the Spike Jonze directed Beastie Boys video Sabotage won the best video [That Should Have Won A Moonman].

Kanye West talking point

Kanye West

The biggest talking point of the New York ceremony, however, was Kanye West’s outburst during Taylor Swift’s acceptance speech for Best Female Video.

The rapper rushed onto the stage and immediately protested Swift’s win, saying that Beyoncé instead deserved the honor instead, insisting: “I’m sorry, but Beyoncé had one of the best videos of all time.”

The rapper was asked to leave in the aftermath of the incident and has since posted an apology on his blog site, saying: ““I’m sooooo sorry to Taylor Swift and her fans and her mom. I spoke to her mother right after and she said the same thing my mother would’ve said.

“She is very talented! I like the lyrics about being a cheerleader and she’s in the bleachers! I’m in the wrong for going on stage and taking away from her moment!”

Madonna pays tribute to Michael Jackson

Another of the awards ceremony talking points was Madonna’s heartfelt tribute to the late Michael Jackson.

She began her speech: “Michael Jackson was born in August 1958. So was I. Michael Jackson grew up in the suburbs of the Midwest. So did I. Michael Jackson had eight brothers and sisters. So do I. When Michael Jackson was 6 he became a superstar and was perhaps the world’s most beloved child. When I was 6 my mother died. I think he got the shorter end of the stick.”

The singer went on to talk about the time she spent with Jackson, her long-held admiration for his work and talent, his “vulnerability and charm” and her own sons’ love for his music.

She also confessed that she felt she had “abandoned him” and “felt his pain”.

Speaking afterwards, Madonna told MTV that the tribute had offered her a chance to explain just how much the late singer meant to her.

“[It was] extremely important because I didn’t really have my chance to pay my last respects to him or speak of him in the way that I wanted to. It was a privilege and an honor for me to say what I had to say.”

The MTV Video Music Awards were held in New York on Saturday, September 12, 2009.