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Just A Reminder That Taylor Swift Always Brings The Drama To The MTV VMAs

Will she bring the drama this weekend?

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It's been quite the week for Taylor Swift. Not only did she reveal the title, artwork, and release date of her new album, but she's also dropped the first single.

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It's quite something.

And all week, rumours have been circulating that Taylor is going to make a surprise appearance at this weekend's MTV Video Music Awards, which Katy Perry is hosting.

Some people think she and Katy will perform together, others think Taylor will perform alone, and some think even if Katy and Taylor don't perform together, they'll end their feud.
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Some people think she and Katy will perform together, others think Taylor will perform alone, and some think even if Katy and Taylor don't perform together, they'll end their feud.

The rumours were bolstered by reports that Taylor was spotted boarding her jet to LA, where the awards are held.

Sources tell me @taylorswift13 just boarded her private jet from Nashville to L.A. Talk shows are dark. #VMAs perfo… https://t.co/Iezs5f0vsK

Whether or not she'll make an appearance remains to be seen, but I am here to point out that so many important Taylor Swift Career Moments have occurred at the VMAs. So, if she were going to make a comeback at any event, this would probably be it.

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All the way back in 2008, an 18-year-old Taylor Swift attended her very first MTV VMAs ceremony.

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However, never one to do things by halves, she also chose the moment to go public with her new boyfriend at the time, Joe Jonas. Here they are at the awards.

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This relationship would, however, lead to Taylor's first ever ~Showbiz Feud~.

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Just a month after their appearance at the awards show, Taylor announced on The Ellen Show that she and Joe had parted ways.

Things got pretty messy and complicated from there on in. She repeatedly accused him of breaking up with her over the phone, and when Joe began a new relationship with Camilla Belle shortly after the split, Taylor and Joe then spent two years writing songs about each other. This climaxed with Taylor releasing "Better Than Revenge," allegedly about Camilla, which contained the lyric: "She's an actress / She's better known / For the things that she does / On the mattress." Damn.
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Things got pretty messy and complicated from there on in. She repeatedly accused him of breaking up with her over the phone, and when Joe began a new relationship with Camilla Belle shortly after the split, Taylor and Joe then spent two years writing songs about each other.

This climaxed with Taylor releasing "Better Than Revenge," allegedly about Camilla, which contained the lyric: "She's an actress / She's better known / For the things that she does / On the mattress." Damn.

The following year, this iconic moment happened, and her long-running feud with Kanye West began.

In an incident that'll one day be put in history books, Taylor had just taken to the stage to accept her award for Best Female Video, for "You Belong With Me," when Kanye West appeared, took the microphone from her, and announced to the world that Beyoncé should have won instead. Kanye was booed off stage and Taylor ran out of time to finish her acceptance speech.
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In an incident that'll one day be put in history books, Taylor had just taken to the stage to accept her award for Best Female Video, for "You Belong With Me," when Kanye West appeared, took the microphone from her, and announced to the world that Beyoncé should have won instead.

Kanye was booed off stage and Taylor ran out of time to finish her acceptance speech.

Weeks later, Kanye publicly apologised and everyone assumed the feud was over. How WRONG WE WERE.

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Because during the 2010 VMAs, Taylor performed a song addressing the incident from the year before.

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Not only did the performance open with a grainy black-and-white clip of the incident, but the lyrics also referenced Kanye: "32 and still growing up / Who you are is not what you did / You’re still an innocent."
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Not only did the performance open with a grainy black-and-white clip of the incident, but the lyrics also referenced Kanye: "32 and still growing up / Who you are is not what you did / You’re still an innocent."

Skipping forward to 2013, Taylor was fresh from her breakup with Harry Styles. And the entire world was waiting to see what would unfold when the pair would come face-to-face for the first time since their split at the VMAs.

And we were not disappointed.

First, this clip of Taylor appearing to say "Shut the fuck up" as One Direction accepted an award for Best Summer Song went viral.

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It was later kinda debunked – people suggested Taylor was actually saying: "Sorry about my arm" to Selena Gomez.

But then, when Taylor won the award for Best Female Video, she appeared to make a blatant dig at Harry during her acceptance speech.

She said, "I also want to thank the person who inspired this song, who knows exactly who he is, because now I have one of these."
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She said, "I also want to thank the person who inspired this song, who knows exactly who he is, because now I have one of these."

Cut to Harry looking extremely awkward in the audience.

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Two years later, the 2015 VMA nominations caused a lot of drama between Taylor and Nicki Minaj.

That's right, in 2015, the drama kicked off before we'd even gotten to the ceremony. It all started when Taylor's video "Bad Blood" was nominated for Video of the Year, while Nicki Minaj's video for "Anaconda" had been overlooked. Nicki tweeted that had she been a "different kind of artist" who celebrated "women with very slim bodies," she would also have been nominated. Many people assumed that the tweet was a direct dig at "Bad Blood."
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That's right, in 2015, the drama kicked off before we'd even gotten to the ceremony. It all started when Taylor's video "Bad Blood" was nominated for Video of the Year, while Nicki Minaj's video for "Anaconda" had been overlooked. Nicki tweeted that had she been a "different kind of artist" who celebrated "women with very slim bodies," she would also have been nominated. Many people assumed that the tweet was a direct dig at "Bad Blood."

Taylor definitely took Nicki's tweet that way, because out of nowhere, she responded accusing Nicki of "pitting women against each other."

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After Taylor's social media purge earlier this week, the tweet is no longer visible, but in it, she said: "@NICKIMINAJ I've done nothing but love & support you. It's unlike you to pit women against each other. Maybe one of the men took your slot."

Nicki responded telling Taylor that the tweet wasn't aimed at her, but that she "should speak on this." Taylor didn't address the point that Nicki was making about systematic racism in the music industry, but did invite her up on stage with her if she won.

Which led to Nicki retweeting this.

.@taylorswift13 stop using "support all girls" as an excuse to not be critical of racist media that benefits and glorifies you

Two days later, however, Taylor apologised. She took to Twitter to say: "I thought I was being called out. I missed the point, I misunderstood, then misspoke. I'm sorry, Nicki. @NICKIMINAJ."

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And Nicki accepted and appreciated the apology.

That means so much Taylor, thank you. @taylorswift13 ❤️❤️❤️

Then, during the ceremony, as Nicki was midway through her performance Taylor Swift appeared out of nowhere...

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...and they finished the song together...

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...before sharing a hug.

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Oh, and midway through the 2015 ceremony, Taylor dropped the video for "Wildest Dreams."

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Which became her first video to experience a massive backlash.

The video was accused of romanticising African colonialism, and it drew such criticism that the director ended up making a statement addressing the claims.
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The video was accused of romanticising African colonialism, and it drew such criticism that the director ended up making a statement addressing the claims.

But then, just as the dramatic night was ending, Taylor finally quashed her long-running feud with Kanye West by presenting him with the Video Vanguard Award.

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And she even made a joke about their 2009 encounter during the speech.

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She went on to praise Kanye's career, and said she'd been a lifelong fan: "I have been a fan of his since I can remember because Kanye defines what it is to be a creative force in music, fashion, and well, life."
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She went on to praise Kanye's career, and said she'd been a lifelong fan: "I have been a fan of his since I can remember because Kanye defines what it is to be a creative force in music, fashion, and well, life."

There was lots of hugging! Everything was lovely!

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And afterwards she hung out with Kim!

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Then, a couple of days later, Kanye sent her flowers, she combined their names in a hashtag and it was clear they'd buried the hatchet once and for all.

However, less than a year later, Famousgate began and everything went to shit.

If you weren't already aware of the details of Famousgate, the TL;DR version goes like this: Kanye West released a song in which he said he and Taylor "might still have sex" because he "made that bitch famous." Taylor got mad, sad the song was misogynistic and then gave the above speech at the Grammys. Kanye claimed that Taylor had known about the lyric, no one believed him, and then Kim Kardashian leaked a audio from a portion of a phone call between Taylor and Kanye in which she seemed to give permission for him to use the lyric.Who knows, maybe the 2018 VMAs will be where she and Kanye make up again?
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If you weren't already aware of the details of Famousgate, the TL;DR version goes like this: Kanye West released a song in which he said he and Taylor "might still have sex" because he "made that bitch famous." Taylor got mad, sad the song was misogynistic and then gave the above speech at the Grammys. Kanye claimed that Taylor had known about the lyric, no one believed him, and then Kim Kardashian leaked a audio from a portion of a phone call between Taylor and Kanye in which she seemed to give permission for him to use the lyric.

Who knows, maybe the 2018 VMAs will be where she and Kanye make up again?

But, think about it for a second. If it weren't for the MTV VMAs, Kanye and Taylor never would have had a feud in the first place. That means we never would have lived through Famous-ate, or Taylor's long hiatus, and we probably wouldn't have an album that, so far, appears to be a diss record.

Proof, again that the 2009 VMAs were history-making.
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Proof, again that the 2009 VMAs were history-making.

So, will she bring the drama this year?

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