"And as the first woman to win Album of the Year at the Grammys twice, I want to say to all the young women out there, there are going to be people along the way who will try to undercut your success or take credit for your accomplishments or your fame,” the 26-year-old said during her acceptance speech. "But if you just focus on the work and you don't let those people sidetrack you, someday, when you get where you are going, you will look around and you will know that it was you and the people who love you who put you there. And that will be the greatest feeling in the world. Thank you for this moment."
This isn't just another Taylor Swift humblebrag. That part about people who “take credit for your accomplishments or your fame” is a direct hit at Kanye West, who claims he made her when he jacked her acceptance speech at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards. “I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex / Why? I made that bitch famous,” he raps on “Famous" from his new album The Life of Pablo.
After backlash from the song, Kanye claimed that it was Taylor’s idea to call herself a “bitch” and that it’s a term of endearment. “Thing I’m not even gone take credit for the idea… it’s actually something Taylor came up with,” he tweeted after the song debuted. “Bitch is an endearing term in hip hop.”
A few things, Mr. West. You didn’t make Taylor Swift famous. By the time you bogarted her VMA moment, she had two multiplatinum albums. For those counting at home, her albums have sold 12 million copies worldwide—double your first two releases. Did the egomaniacal move lead to an iconic pop culture moment? Sure, but both artists gained publicity. As someone who constantly reminds everyone of his own accolades, it's ironic that Kanye discounts what a fellow artist has accomplished. Kanye West didn't make Taylor Swift. Taylor Swift made Taylor Swift.
As for the word “bitch,” it can be an endearing term for some women. When Beyonce says, “You know you that bitch when you cause all this conversation/Always stay gracious, best revenge is your paper herself” on “Formation,” it’s complimentary. Why? Because she’s calling herself a bitch. You—nor any human living on God’s green earth—shall dare say the same about Beyonce.
Did Taylor Swift deserve Album of the Year over Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp a Butterfly? Hell no. Am I fan of Taylor Swift winning ever award created? Not really. I am, however, a fan of women standing up for ourselves. Kanye is holding onto a at seven-year feud—which he started--for attention. Now, he got it. If you can’t stand the beef, stay out of the kitchen.