Taylor Swift won the album of the year trophy at the Grammys for her massively successful “1989,” becoming the first woman to ever win the coveted prize twice. As she got on stage surrounded by her collaborators, she wasted little time before firing back at Kanye West, who recently dropped a new song, “Famous,” with lyrics that took all the credit for making Swift a star.
In typical Swift fashion, she didn’t name names — but everyone knew exactly who she was talking about, especially when she emphasized the word “fame.”
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. But if you just focus on the work and you don’t let those people sidetrack you, someday when you get where you’re going, you’ll look around and you will know that it was you and the people who love you who put you there. And that will be the greatest feeling in the world. Thank you for this moment.
Full video of Taylor's speech when accepting the GRAMMY for 'Album Of The Year'! pic.twitter.com/jdgh1qcJVZ
— Taylor Swift Updates (@tswiftdotcom) February 16, 2016
For those who missed it, West’s lyrics say: “I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex/Why? I made that b—- famous,” alluding to the viral moment when he crashed her VMA Awards acceptance speech back in 2009.
When those lyrics were met with backlash, West tweeted that Swift not only knew about the line in advance, but the idea had come from her — because she told a mutual friend she couldn’t be mad at West because he made her famous. Swift’s rep denied that the singer knew about that line and had actually told West that he should think twice before singing a song with such misogynistic lyrics.
West didn’t attend the Grammy Awards, but was very active on Twitter Monday evening, talking about his new album.