Today In Hip-Hop: Kanye West Interrupts Taylor Swift’s Speech

On this day, September 13, in hip-hop history…

2009:  It lasted only 22 seconds but it might be the most famous moment in a career of incredibly famous moments. On September 13 at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards, Kanye West interrupted Taylor Swift’s acceptance speech to protest Beyoncé’s loss of the Best Female Video award to Taylor Swift.

Kanye West rushed the stage and jacked the microphone from Taylor to declare he thought “Beyoncé had one of the best videos of all-time” before sheepishly shrugging and heading off stage. The incident ignited a firestorm of criticism for West who many thought was disrespectful and rude to Swift to show her up during her acceptance speech. It also launched one of the most famous musical internets memes of all-time as many fans photoshopped West into various situations interrupting famous events to declare a similar event’s superiority.