For those hopelessly unaware of the hip hop scene in 2009, Kanye West first became a household name when he stormed the MTV V.M.A. stage to stump for Beyoncé. “Imma let you finished,” he famously said to a stunned Taylor Swift clutching her Best Female Video award, ”But Beyoncé had one of the best videos of all time.” West, of course, wasn’t up for an award in that category, but as it turns out, he wasn’t quite as supportive of Beyoncé when he lost to her at the Video Music Awards earlier this year. West’s version of why he lost Video of the Year included some sharp words for Beyoncé and the Beyhive—ever vigilant—is not pleased.
“Being perfect don’t always change sh*t, bro! I was hurt, Beyoncé! I was hurt!” Kanye shouted from a Sacramento stage Saturday night. “Out of respect, MTV told me, ‘Mr. West, out of respect to you, I will let you know that Beyoncé is winning the V.M.A. tonight for “Formation” over “Hotline Bling” and “Famous.” West reveals MTV tipped him to the Beyoncé win so he would restrain himself from running up on the stage. West then accused Beyoncé of playing politics:
Beyoncé, I was hurt, because I heard that you said you wouldn’t perform unless you won Video of the Year over me, and over “Hotline Bling.” Now, don’t go trying to diss Beyoncé, she is great. Taylor Swift is great. We are all great people. We are all equal. But sometimes we be playing the politics too much and forgetting who we are just to win. Fuck winning. Fuck looking cool. Fuck being cool. Fuck all that, bro. I’ve been sent here to give y’all my truth even at the risk of my own life. Even at the risk of my own success, my own career. I’ve been sent here to give y’all my truth.
But some Beyoncé fans are having trouble swallowing the “Beyoncé is great” part of West’s speech choosing, instead, to focus on his accusations of corruption.
Some V.M.A. watchers suspected Beyoncé might have known she was destined to win so many awards that night given that she brought no less than six different outfits to wear over the course of the evening. . .
. . .and, at one point, took to the stage with her own mic ready to go to give a speech for Best Female Video.
And if West’s version of events is true, then his words on the V.M.A. red carpet —“Later tonight, ‘Famous’ might lose to Beyonce, but I can’t be mad”—take on new dimension. He may have been chaffing at MTV’s suggestion that he keep his cool. And in this viral 2016 V.M.A. moment with wife Kim Kardashian—while watching Beyoncé give her acceptance speech for Best Video of the Year—West’s smile certainly doesn’t look unstrained.
Though all that behind-the-scenes drama seems at odds with the widely-circulated photo that popped up after the V.M.A.s were over featuring the Kardashian-Wests, the Carter-Knowleses and more wreathed in smiles.
This isn’t the first time West has called out the Carter-Knowles family. A month ago, West revealed onstage that North West and Blue Ivy Carter hadn’t ever played together because of drama between himself and Jay-Z. Apparently that October rant didn’t get the result West desired—a call from Jay—and he let his audience know it on Saturday night. “Jay Z! Call me, bruh!” West shouted to the hundreds of cell phone videographers he knew were filming him. “You still ain’t call me! Jay Z, I know you got killas. Please don’t send them at my head. Just call me [and] talk to me like a man.”
All in all the public vendetta did not go over well with West’s live audience who wound up heckling him showing up later and only playing three songs during his entire set. Turns out they didn’t pay to see 15-20 minutes of Westian rants and vendettas.
But those boos were nothing compared to the hell West caught online later that night and Sunday morning. It wasn’t Jay-Z’s “killas” he had to worry about; it was the Beyhive. You can read a litany of the anti-Kanye messages piling up on social media here, but perhaps the most cutting accusation comes courtesy of Instagramwhere, among the thousands of snake, lemon, and bee emojis that characterize a Beyhive attack, one user accused Kanye of only supporting Beyoncé when she wasn’t his direct competition.
It’s okay for Beyonce to win as long as she doesn’t win over him? F*ck outta here! Why you think we call her King Beysus? She rules over any man and woman in the music industry right now.
Sprinkled in among the avalanche of Beyhive comments were disgruntled Kanye fans who felt they didn’t get their money’s worth in Sacramento Saturday night and those angry that he recently came out in support of Donald Trump. As one commenter put it: “Kanye turning into a Trump supporter and a Beyoncé hater in the same week. Yeah, he’s lost it.” Alienating a huge chunk of the population in a matter of days, that’s certainly one way to get your 2020 presidential campaign started.