The song's promo won the 2009 MTV Video Music Award for Best Female Video, beating Beyoncé's "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on it)
" amongst others. Swift's victory apparently did not meet with the approval of Kanye West, who during her acceptance speech, jumped up onto the stage. He then cut the teen singer off, grabbed her microphone and announced: "Yo Taylor, I'm really happy for you, I'll let you finish, but Beyoncé has one of the best videos of all time. One of the best videos of all time!" A stunned Taylor was timed out and consequently unable to complete her acceptance speech. Later when "Single Ladies" won the show's top honor - Video of the Year, Beyoncé showed her class by calling back Swift to the stage to finish her speech. "I would like Taylor to come out and have her moment," she said.
Swift was asked afterwards by MTV News what her first reaction to seeing West join her onstage at Radio City Music Hall She replied: "I was really excited, because I had just won the award. And then I was really excited because Kanye West was onstage. And then I wasn't so excited anymore after that."
At the 2015 ceremony, Swift presented West with the Video Vanguard award, where she explained that despite their 2009 kerfuffle, she is a big fan, and his album College Dropout
was the first one she bought on iTunes. Swift had some fun with it, saying, "To all the other winners tonight, I'm really happy for you, and I'ma let you finish, but Kanye West has had one of the greatest careers of all time."