Taylor Swift appears to have made a reference to the Kanye West VMAs incident while performing on her ‘Eras’ Tour.
The moment happened during the pop star’s show in Mexico City on Sunday night (August 27), as part of her ongoing world tour. In footage shared by an audience member – which is now making the rounds on social media – Swift is seen throwing harmless shade at West commenting on the infamous 2009 scandal.
As she addressed her audience who were sitting near the piano, the audience interrupted the singer, and her cheers began to drown her out. “By the way, the best way to annoy you is to have people chant your name,” he said, looking up and smiling at them.
“It’s really the only way to get in, and I would know it,” he joked.
The comment appears to be a reference to when the rapper ran on stage and interrupted Swift’s acceptance speech 14 years ago, after she won Best Female Video. At the 2009 VMAs, West grabbed the microphone from his hand to say that he thought Beyoncé should have received the award for her song Single Ladies.
“Hey Taylor, I’m so happy for you, I’m going to let you finish,” he began. “But Beyoncé has one of the best videos ever! One of the best videos ever.” At that point, the camera also cut to Beyoncé, who was sitting in the audience, surprised and muttering the words, “Oh, Kanye.”
The show was the latest of Swift’s tour and the last night of her four-night residency at Mexico City’s Foro Sol stadium.
In the first of the performances in Mexico (August 24), which was also the first of the dates of his international tour “Eras”, the singer surprised fans by performing “I Forgot That You Existed” live for the first time and “Sweet. Nothing”. Two days later (August 26), she also performed “Cornelia Street” for the first time.
Likewise, he delighted his fans on the last of many dates of his US tour, held at California’s SoFi Stadium on August 9, announcing ‘1989 (Taylor Version)’.
Before sharing the news on stage, Swift said: “And here we are, on the last night of the US leg of the ‘Eras’ tour. In the eighth month of the year, on the ninth day…”
His tour will continue in November, with performances in Argentina and Brazil. He will then visit Australia in early 2024, with dates in Europe and the UK scheduled for next spring/summer. Other concerts in North America will take place at the end of next year.