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Kanye West interrupts Taylor Swift's win for Best Female Video at the MTV Music Awards in 2009.

Kardashian Irked that Swift Uses Leaked Call Controversy to Benefit the Hungry

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By Brenda Neugent

Taylor Swift, it seems, has learned to remain cool - and compassionate - in the face of controversy. And given that the transcripts of a 25-minute phone call that ignited controversy for the singer seemingly vindicate her, she is doing her part to feed the hungry at a time when there are more people in need than ever. Kanye West has always claimed he confirmed controversial lyrics with Taylor Swift after he ruined the moment she won Best Female Video of the Year in 2009 at the MTV Music Awards by grabbing the microphone away from her and declaring Beyonce's video for "Single Ladies (Put a Ring On It)" was "one of the best videos of all time. One of the best videos of all time."

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Taylor Swift was stunned by Kanye West's move at the VMA Awards, which cut into the time allowed for her acceptance speech.
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Swift had just started her acceptance speech, which began, "Thank you so much! I always dreamed about what it would be like to maybe win one of these some day, but I never actually thought it would have happened. I sing country music so thank you so much for giving me a chance to win a VMA award." She was unable to finish, as West had used up the country singer's allotted time, and she cried backstage over the insult. Beyonce, from her seat, appeared horrified. It would not be the last time West insulted Taylor Swift, who was named Woman of the Decade by Billboard magazine in 2019, the same year she took home the Artist of the Decade award at the American Music Awards.

Kanye West continued his efforts to take down Taylor Swift with his 2016 song "Famous."
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In 2016 he released the single "Famous," which included the lyrics "I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex. Why? I made that b---- famous," which Swift instantly condemned for the misogynistic nature of the words, especially since she'd already won multiple Grammy Awards and was the highest-earning female musician of the decade in the 2010s. West and his wife, Kim Kardashian, said Swift had approved of the lyrics, and at the time, Kardashian released snippets of the 25-minute phone call that seemed to suggest she had.

Taylor Swift was named Woman of the Decade by Billboard magazine.
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With the recent release of the transcripts of the call - which show that certain words were not used when Swift and West spoke back in 2016 - Swift chose to approach the matter without malice, and said on Instagram, "Instead of answering those who are asking how I feel about the video footage that leaked, proving that I was telling the truth the whole time about that call (you know, the one that was illegally recorded, that somebody edited and manipulated in order to frame me and put me, my family and fans through hell for 4 years) ... “SWIPE UP to see what really matters."

Kim Kardashian needs the help of multiple people in order to wear the latex outfits she's favored lately.
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Swift's Instagram story then linked viewers to the donation page for the website Feeding America. After "Famous" was released, and Swift was accepting a Grammy for her fifth album, the pop project "1989," she said, "I want to say to all the young women out there, there are going to be people along the way who will try to undercut your success or take credit for your accomplishments, or your fame." (She was called "a liar" and "a snake" by Kardashian West in the midst of the worst of the controversy.) After the transcripts of the call were released, Kardashian again called Swift "a liar," and said she would not be mentioning it again.

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