In a classy display of selflessness, Taylor Swift got a do-over at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards when Beyoncé brought the teen singer up following B’s Video of the Year win.
Beyoncé told the audience about her first VMA win as a 17-year-old with Destiny’s Child and how much it meant to her. The singer then called Swift from backstage to huge applause.
Earlier in the show, Swift won the Best Female Video award for “You Belong With Me” over B’s “Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It).” But during her acceptance speech, Kanye West crashed the stage, took the microphone from her and protested the win, saying Beyoncé deserved it.
B and Swift both wore bright-red dresses and exchanged a hug before Beyoncé passed the mic to the teen artist.
“Maybe we can try this again,” Swift said, drawing a laugh.
“I would really like to thank Roman White, who directed the video, and Lucas Till for being in it,” Swift said. “I would like to thank all the fans on Twitter and MySpace and everyone that came out to my shows this summer. And I would like to thank my little brother’s high school for letting us shoot there.”
Swift barely had a moment to utter a word during her first acceptance speech early in the show; West took the microphone away from her almost immediately.
“I’m sorry, but Beyoncé had one of the best videos of all time,” he proclaimed as B looked on from the crowd, stunned. West later left Radio City Music Hall after he was booed heavily for his rant.
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