Taylor Swift seemed pretty surprised herself to have won the VMA for Best Female Music Video on Sunday evening, but the real shock came when Kanye West suddenly burst onto the stage and rudely stole the microphone from the country crooner during her acceptance speech.
"Yo Taylor, I’m really happy for you, I’ll let you finish, but Beyoncé has one of the best videos of all time," West said. "One of the best videos of all time!"
A clearly embarrassed Swift stood motionless, not knowing what to do as West continued his rant. Eventually, audience members rose to their feet and booed the rapper down as cameras captured a mortified Beyonce. West took his seat (to make matters worse, time was up and Swift didn't even have a chance to fire back) and controversy continued to ensue as a multitude of celebs told him off, prompting security to circle the area.
Pop Tarts learned that Swift was comforted by her friends and family immediately afterwards and was upset by the whole incident. An inside source told Tarts that West was asked by a big-wig at MTV to immediately leave the show. Pink also took to Twitter to confirm that Mr. West had been given his marching orders.
"Kanye west is the biggest piece of sh** on earth. Quote me," Pink tweeted. "My heart goes out to taylor swift. She is a sweet and talented girl and deserved her moment. She should know we love her. Beyonce is a classy lady. I feel for her too. It's not her fault at all, and her and taylor did their thing. And douche bag got kicked out. HA"
Diddy later took to the stage to present an award, but the second "Kanye" was uttered again the crowd booed and "Taylor" was chanted through Radio City Hall, the tension reaching a high point when West's nominated video was played.
Beyonce's hit "Single Ladies" eventually got all it deserved by taking on the big one - Video of the Year. The ever-classy Knowles dedicated her time to Swift and had the emotional teen idol return to the stage for the opportunity to give her acceptance without any interruption.
The controversy certainly stole the spotlight from what was anticipated to be the show highlight — Madonna opening for Janet Jackson and her tribute to brother Michael.
The Queen of Pop did let us in a little secret however, she did go on a few "dates" with the late King of Pop and that she felt an overwhelming sense of guilt that she had "abandoned" him after hearing of his sudden passing. But on a (kind of) positive note, her sons aged nine and four are now "obsessed" with MJ.
"There is a lot of crotch grabbing and moon walking going on in my house," Madonna said.
We then spotted Joe Jackson smiling through Janet's intense performance while Jermaine was straight-faced, absorbing the moment.
Tinsley Mortimer No Match For Anna Wintour, Lindsay & Sam A-No Show
Sitting front row and center for Charlotte Ronson's showing at Mercedes Benz New York Fashion Week on Friday morning was Tinsley Mortimer, who despite being the Big Apple's most sought-after socialite, isn't afraid to admit she wasn't good enough for Vogue's Anna Wintour.
"I am a girly girl and came from Virgina and lucked out with a job as an assistant to Amy Astley at Vogue Magazine," Mortimer told Tarts. "But I was never to have interaction with Anna (Wintour), you just don't talk to Anna unless you're much higher up."
And despite being the head designer of a line of handbags and clothing in Japan for Samantha Thavasa, Mortimer admitted she still won't be satisfied until she has "her very own fashion line that's all physically" hers.
Also in attendance at the highly-anticipated Charlotte Ronson show, which featured an 80's-inspired collection of high buns, thick leather belts, braided headbands, sheer leggings, pleather and chiffon, was music big-wig Mark Ronson, Brooklyn Decker and Nicky Hilton.
And while she seated front row at Fashion Week in February, Lindsay Lohan was a no show this year. But could her reportedly rekindled romance with Samantha be the reason she stayed well away?
"I'm not surprised [she wasn't] there," a source close to the Ronson family said. "Put it this way, they aren't exactly Lohan fans."
Linds caused chaos at West Hollywood's Chateau Marmont earlier this year when security refused to let the troubled actress into Charlotte Ronson's launch party and she consequently went wild, knocking on random doors at the hotel.
Lindsay was however in town and was spotted at Bloomingdale's that day, while Sam did turn the tables at her sister's SVEDKA after-party at Abe & Arthur's Restaurant on 14th St. Guests including Kirsten Dunst, Nicky Hilton, Avril Lavigne, Amanda Bynes, Andy Samberg, Tinsley Mortimer and Erin Lucas.
Jay-Z Apologizes For Bad Language, Rihanna Inspired By Madonna?
Hip Hop King Jay-Z (almost) brought the roof down as he kicked off the ABSOLUT® VODKA Concert Series at Madison Square Garden with a One-Night-Only Charity Performance on September 11 to benefit New York's Police & Fire Widows' & Children's Benefit Fund.
Concert-goers rose to their feet for the National Anthem - played out like Jimi Hendrix's solo guitar version made famous in Woodstock 1969.
With a sparkling view of New York City in the background, Jay-Z was joined on stage by a star-studded lineup through the night including his prodigy Rihanna and Santo Gold, wifey Beyonce and pals Mary J Blige, Pharrell, John Mayer, Diddy and Kanye West.
But back to Rih Rih, she is certainly looking better than ever since getting out of the seemingly not-so-healthy relationship with Chris Brown as she caused jaws to drop in her tight-black bodysuit (Beyonce inspired perhaps?) and new blonde bangs.
"We're here to celebrate life, I apologize for the language," Jay-Z said at the end while having the crowd raise their hands to make a peace sign. "Thanks to everyone who lost their lives so we can live ours."
Pop Tarts Scene & Herd
Britney Spears enjoying a late lunch (with her sons, nanny and three bodyguards) of Angel Hair pasta and chicken at Bistro 110, Chicago’s favorite neighborhood French Bistro located just steps from the Magnificent Mile on Labor Day.
Oprah Winfrey introducing Jennifer Hudson in Chicago while taping an episode of "The Oprah Winfrey Show" on a three-block stretch of Chicago's Michigan Avenue near the Chicago River on Tuesday.
Cameron Diaz flying to Boston (with lots of luggage) on a private jet on Tuesday to film a scene alongside Tom Cruise for their flick "The Untitled Wichita Project".
Morgan Freeman, Heidi Klum, Seal, Ben Stiller, Justin Bartha, JC Chasez, Miranda Cosgrove, Lo Bosworth, Maria Menounos, Al Sharpton, Jesse McCartney, Andre Agassi and Hank Azaria on the Paramount Pictures Lot on Tuesday for the launch of Viacom and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation's GET SCHOOLED initiative. The day consisted of a closed door roundtable discussion with Bill & Melinda Gates, a conference emceed by Stephen Colbert, the premiere of GET SCHOOLED: You Have the Right, and a concert.
Miss America 2009 Katie Stam attending a rousing performance of Terry Fator & His Cast of Thousands at The Mirage Las Vegas on Tuesday evening.
Pamela Anderson eating vegan pizza while chilling out at the Fairmont Miramar Hotel in Santa Monica on Wednesday morning.
Kelly Ripa looking stunning while joining Electrolux to hold a text-a-thon to raise money for ovarian cancer research in New York on Wednesday.
Tim McGraw and Fergie from Black Eyed Peas greeting fans in Pittsburgh on Wednesday as part of the NFL kickoff festivities before the season opening football game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Tennessee Titans on Thursday.
Bar Refaeli and Brooklyn Decker getting together during a photo session on the steps of New York's Bryant Park, the entrance for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week on Wednesday. The swimsuit stunners were joined by 98 other models to promote Fashion's Night Out, a global initiative to promote retail, restore confidence and celebrate fashion.
Kate Beckinsale looking her simply stunning self at the premiere of "Whiteout" in Westwood on Wednesday evening.
Former lead singer of Stone Temple Pilots, Scott Weiland, launching his upscale yet still edgy clothing line "Weiland for English Laundry" at The Roxy in West Hollywood on Wednesday night.
True Blood's Ryan Kwanten enjoying a boys night out at the opening of Katsuya at L.A. Live by sbe entertainment on Wednesday night.
Don Cheadle, Cuba Gooding, Jr. and Catherine Hardwicke at the Film Independent event hosted by Vanity Fair and Banana Republic at the W Los Angeles - Westwood on Wednesday night.
The Hills’ Holly Montag knocking over a display and her drink causing everything to come crashing to the floor at the 9PLANET UNIVERSE Launch on at Zune L.A on Wednesday.
Jack Black singing "Happy Birthday" to a flight attendant on an American Airlines flight from LAX to JFK on Thursday.
Sharon Osbourne watching hubby Ozzy be honored at West Hollywood's House of Blues on Thursday night while gushing about how "genius" it is that Ellen DeGeneres was chosen to replace Paula Abdul on Idol.
Coco Rocha showing off her professional Irish dancing skills at the DKNY Fashion's Night Out bash in NYC on Thursday night. Meanwhile Whitney Port partied at Le Souk Harem (sans Lauren Conrad who was supposed to come and support her friend) and Amanda Bynes refused to be photographed at the party but was later spotted making out big time with a mystery man at One Oak.
Victoria’s Secret Angel Miranda Kerr celebrating Fashion’s Night Out at the Lexington Avenue store on Thursday alongside a heavily pregnant Adriana Lima. Kerr was later seen munching on Japonais' tuna ceviche at the Byron and Tracey Salon Pre-VMA Beauty Bar in NYC.
Lady Gaga helping broker deals with a value of over $4 billion at BGC’s 5th Annual Charity Day to commemorate 9/11 and raise money for the Mercy Center on Thursday.
Alexandra and Theodore Richards celebrating their debut as the faces of French Connection’s Autumn/Winter 09 campaign on Thursday night.
A glowing Kate Hudson (sans A-Rod) sipping VeeV while partying at the Stella McCartney store on Thursday evening alongside Taye Diggs, Katy Perry, Russell Simmons and Vogue editor Anna Wintour.
Sienna Miller, Hugh Grant, Helena Christensen, Nicky Hilton, Alek Wek, Carlos Leon, Monet Mazur, Bar Rafaeli, Devon Aoki and Josh Hartnett getting their groove on to The Cult DeLeón Tequila party at the Rose Bar at New York's Gramercy Park Hotel on Thursday night.
Eva Longoria hanging out with young children (although no baby-related qs allowed) at the Padres Contra El Cancer's 2009 "El Sueno De Esperanza" Gala in Los Angeles on Thursday night.
Mark Ronson, Annabelle Dexter-Jones, Samantha Ronson, Kirsten Dunst, Nicky Hilton, Avril Lavigne, Amanda Bynes, Andy Samberg, Tinsley Mortimer and Erin Lucas partying at designer Charlotte Ronson's after party at Abe & Arthur's Restaurant on 14th St. in NYC on Friday evening.