News: Kanye West & Taylor Swift Reunion In Works, Says Video Music Awards Host
Friday, Aug 20, 2010 11:15AM
MTV Video Music Awards 2010 host Chelsea Handler is hoping to reunite rapper Kanye West and country singer Taylor Swift at next month's ceremony, a year after Ye infamously interrupted Swift onstage while she was accepting the Best Female Video award.
While the idea is merely abstract at this point, Handler is considering how to unite the two after last year's fiasco.
Speaking to Ryan Seacrest on his KISS-FM radio show Thursday, Handler previewed her emceeing technique and said she hoped to reunite two strange bedfellows: Kanye West and Taylor Swift. "I'd like to get them together," Handler, 35, told Seacrest. "We've never really seen them together since then. They were supposed to be together on SNL, but then that didn't end up happening...We'll try to think of something clever to do with them, because that would be really fun." (PEOPLE)
Earlier this month, West was confirmed to appear at this year's event.
A year after infamously interrupting Taylor Swift on stage, Kanye West is set to return to the MTV Video Music Awards, UsMagazine.com has learned. A source tells Us West, 33, is performing on the show, airing Sept. 12. (A rep for the rapper and MTV had no comment.) (Us Magazine)
Last year's televised interruption of Swift's acceptance speech for "Best Female Video" sparked reactions from rappers like 50 Cent and Eminem.
At one point in his career, Eminem may have targeted Swift in one of his songs, but the "Not Afraid" MC is taking a different stance when asked about his thoughts on Kanye West's VMA debacle. "He shouldn't have done that," the father told SPIN of Kanye's outburst. "I mean, she's a little girl." Eminem is raising his three daughters who are not too far in age from Swift. He remains very protective of them, telling the magazine, "The less that's out there about the kids, the more chance of them having a normal life. I want the world to know how much I love them, but at the same time you gotta know when to pull back." (Rap-Up)
Speaking on her "American Boy" collaborator, singer Estelle recently gave her opinion of West's controversial MTV Video Music Awards incident with Taylor Swift last fall.
"I was surprised by the amount of crap he got. It was like, do you know this guy? Come on now everyone, stop being surprised," said Estelle, who collaborated with West on the single "American Boy." "I don't think he will have any problems coming back. He speaks the absolute truth, no editing or tailoring. I thinks that's why every time he comes back everyone is really excited." (NBC Miami)
The 2010 MTV Video Music Awards will air live from the Nokia Theater in downtown Los Angeles on Sunday, September 12, at 9 p.m.
Check out last year's Taylor Swift incident down below: