Taylor Swift, a 19 year-old country singer who has had crossover success with her 2008 release "Fearless" and her single "You Belong With Me" from that album, got a surprise when she accepted the award for Best Female Video at Sunday night's MTV Video Music Awards.
After Swift, looking shocked at the announcement of her winning, beat out Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Kelly Clarkson and Beyonce for the honor, she took the stage and began her acceptance speech for the award.
As Swift was thanking MTV, Kanye West ran up on stage, took her microphone, and proclaimed that "Beyonce had one of the best videos of all time!"
Taylor Swift is White, Beyonce is Black.
Swift stood silently holding her trophy, cameras cut to Beyonce looking stunned in the crowd, and MTV then cut to break.
Reportedly, later the same evening when Beyonce won Video of the Year, she called Miss Swift out to the stage to give her interrupted speech instead.
Kanye West has a history of incidents that involve race.
In 2005, in the wake of the Hurricane Katrina disaster for which FEMA and President Bush took much criticism, Mr. West proclaimed that "George Bush doesn't care about black people." These comments were widely regarded by the liberal community as truth, regardless of the lack of preparedness and planning executed by then Louisiana Governor Kathleen Blanco and New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin.
After the storm and during the cleanup efforts, parking lots full of municipal and school buses were found. These vehicles were left standing, waiting for the impending storm but not used for emergency evacuation, even though local authorities had nearly one full week's notice from federal agencies (including FEMA and DHS) as well as the National Weather Service about the impending storm that ravaged the New Orleans area, eventually killing as many as 1800 people and leaving the city ravaged.