Earlier this week, Kanye West dropped “Famous,” in which he specifically addresses his Taylor Swift feud, saying, “I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex/Why?/ I made that bitch famous/ God damn, I made that bitch famous.” Taylor, of course, was not happy, and allegedly expressed concern over the misogynist undertones of the track. Of course, dropping someone’s name in a song doesn’t necessarily require their consent, but when the subject of said song has a massive platform and a fanatic base, expect her to clap back.
Tonight, after she won for album of the year, Taylor took to the stage to accept her award, thanking her producer for 1989. Then, with emotion in her voice, she addressed the young female musicians who might be watching—and also, the notion that it was Kanye West who “made Taylor famous.” Noting that she is the first woman to have won album of the year twice, she said, “There are going to be people along the way who are going to try to undercut your success, or take credit for your accomplishments or your fame. 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 know it was you, and the people who love you, who put you there.” The audience cheered, while a teary Selena Gomez looked on.
Taylor Swift served Kanye right up pic.twitter.com/uZn08NGa4x— Brandon Wall (@Walldo) February 16, 2016
Regardless on your respective feelings for either of these two titans (and, if you look at Twitter, the feelings are REAL), Taylor clearly felt attacked. And she definitely swiped back, in a way that ended up feeling politely pro-woman. The drama, it appears, carries on.