During a recent stop on her Eras Tour in Mexico City, Taylor Swift found herself in a familiar situation when fans interrupted her performance of “Champagne Problems” by chanting her name. In a clever and lighthearted response, the 33-year-old singer addressed the interruption, drawing a reference to a notorious moment in pop culture history.
A Familiar Interruption!
While seated at her piano and ready to begin her rendition of “Champagne Problems,” Swift was met with chants from eager fans. In videos circulating on social media, Swift can be heard saying, “It’s the best way to be interrupted, by the way, just people chanting your name. It’s really the only way to be interrupted… and I would know.”
Taylor Swift jokes about being interrupted by the crowd at the Eras Tour:
“People chanting your name, it’s really the only way to be interrupted… and I would know.” pic.twitter.com/t1uS2sIDxT
— Pop Base (@PopBase) August 28, 2023
Swift’s comment was undoubtedly a playful nod to the infamous incident at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards (VMAs) when Kanye West abruptly interrupted her acceptance speech for Best Video by a Female Artist. West infamously grabbed the microphone, declaring, “I’m really happy for you – I’mma let you finish, but Beyoncé had one of the best videos of all time!” This incident not only sparked memes but also ignited a long-standing feud between Swift and West.
The Feud and West’s Explanation
The feud between Taylor Swift and Kanye West had its origins in this moment, and it persisted for years. In 2020, West explained his actions during an interview, claiming that he interrupted Swift’s speech because God had guided him to do so. He stated that if God didn’t want him to declare Beyoncé’s video the best, he wouldn’t have been seated in the front row.
Previous References on the Eras Tour
This isn’t the first time Taylor Swift has playfully referenced the VMA incident during her Eras Tour. Earlier, during a performance of “This Is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things,” a song rumored to be about the feud, Swift couldn’t hold back her laughter as she sang the line, “Here’s to you, ’cause forgiveness is a nice thing to do.” She paused the song, saying, “I can’t even say it with a straight face.”