VMAs, what’s good? MTV Video Music Awards is responsible for several celebrity feuds throughout its history.
Fans will never forget that moment Kanye WestStormed the stage looking for justice Beyoncé after Taylor SwiftIn September 2009, won the Best Female Videos award. “Yo, Taylor, I’m really happy for you, I’ma let you finish, but Beyoncé had one of the best videos of all time,” West exclaimed.
Swift tried to keep her cool when Yeezy designer left, but she would go on using the dramatic incident to inspire more than one song. West initially apologized for the “rude” display during a 2009 interview with Jay Leno.
“I’m just dealing with the fact that I hurt someone or took anything away from a talented artist or from anyone, because I only wanted to help people,” the Grammy winner said at the time, noting that he “immediately knew” he’d made a mistake.
The Pennsylvania native reflected on other attendees’ reactions at the awards ceremony. “I’m not going to say I wasn’t rattled by it. I had to perform live five minutes later, so I had to get myself back to the place where I could perform,” she said on The ViewSeptember 2009. “All the other artists who showed me love in the hours following that, I just never imagined there were that many people out there looking out for me.”
Tension continued to grow between the musicians for years — and things became even messier in 2016 when Kim Kardashian stepped in with receipts about her then-husband’s song “Famous.” In a statement addressing the drama at the time, the “Bad Blood” singer claimed, “Where is the video of Kanye telling me he was going to call me ‘that bitch’ in his song? It doesn’t exist because it never happened. You don’t get to control someone’s emotional response to being called ‘that bitch’ in front of the entire world.”
Kardashian claimed that she was not. “She totally approved that,” the reality star told GQ in June 2016 before she leaked videos of West and Swift’s conversation. “She totally knew that that was coming out. She wanted to all of a sudden act like she didn’t.”
Nearly four years later the entire conversation was leaked. It was revealed that West did indeed share Swift’s lyrics, but they were not the same as those that made it onto the recording.
Kardashian has previously stated onAndy Cohen Live: Watch What Happens in 2019 that she was “over” the drama between Swift and the “Stronger” rapper, from whom she split in February 2021.
2015 was a year of another well-publicized feud. This time, it was between the VMAs. Nicki MinajAnd Miley Cyrus. After the Last Song actress, who was hosting the awards that year, dissed the “Starships” rapper in an interview with The New York TimesMinaj put her on fire.
“And now, back to this bitch that had a lot to say about me the other day in the press,” she said on the VMAs stage during the live broadcast. “Miley, what’s good?”
The Other Women star didn’t seem to be over the tiff in June 2019, when she appeared to reference Cyrus during an episode of her “Queen Radio” show.
“Perdue chickens can never talk s–t about queens,” Minaj said of the Black MirrorAt the time, actress. “She disrespected me in a magazine article for no reason. … Now you coming out with pink wigs, all you bitches wanna be Nicki.”
Scroll down to see the VMAs’ most scandalous feuds throughout the years.