Beyoncé, Green Day and Lady Gaga won three awards each, the most of the night.
The show was watched by a total of 9 million people, a 17% increase over 2008's show and the biggest ratings since the 2004 award show.
The 2009 MTV Video Music Awards took place on September 13, 2009, at Radio City Music Hall in New York City, honoring the best music videos from June 19, 2008, to June 29, 2009.
Comedian Russell Brand hosted the event for the second time in a row.
MTV didn't need that and Taylor and her family friends and fans definitely didn't want or need that" and concluding with "I'm sorry Taylor." West also revealed he had written a song for Swift and if she did not accept the song, he would perform it himself.
After the incident, West went into seclusion for months, before releasing new music in 2010.
The table below lists the number of bands considered in each city, the three finalist nominees selected by MTV for each VMA, and the winner in bold.
Now this controversy was about women sticking up for each other, too." Well, I think my overall thought process was something like, 'Wow, I can't believe I won, this is awesome, don't trip and fall, I'm gonna get to thank the fans, this is so cool. "But I had to perform live five minutes later, so I had to get myself back to the place where I could perform." West's outburst resulted in an Internet meme which consisted of images of West being superimposed onto other images alongside text in the style of his VMA outburst ("X is one of the greatest Y of all time", or variants thereon, in some cases preceded by "I'm really happy for you" and/or "I'mma let you finish").
After the VMA incident, Kanye West and Lady Gaga's co-headlining, Fame Kills tour, was cancelled.
He interrupted West during his portion of their joint acceptance speech by saying, "Excuse me Kanye I'mma let you continue but--", to which Kanye quipped in return, "I was trying to defend your girl man!
" In addition to the West controversy, Jay-Z and Alicia Keys were performing "Empire State of Mind", but towards the end of their performance, Lil Mama jumped and danced on the stage uninvited. Also in a 2013, in a New York Times interview, West stated, "I don't have one regret," about the interruption and that he admittedly felt peer pressured into making a public apology.
Both artists are said to have benefited from the incident, both receiving commercial and critical acclaim for their 2010 albums, Speak Now, and My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy.