BFFs no more: Kanye West, Taylor Swift feud over his 'Famous' song

Fri Feb 12, 2016 11:45am EST
 
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NEW YORK (Reuters) - Looks like Taylor Swift and Kanye West are never, ever getting back together.

Just six months after two of the biggest names in music publicly put a long-running feud behind them, the "1989" pop star and the rapper have fallen out again over West's claim in a new song that he made Swift famous.

"I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex, I made that bitch famous," rapped West, while unveiling his new single "Famous" on Thursday to an online audience of some 20 million.

The fallout came four days ahead of the Grammy awards ceremony in Los Angeles, where Swift has seven nominations and will be the opening performer. West has four nominations.

West's new song referred to an infamous 2009 MTV Video Music Awards (VMA) incident in which he snatched the microphone from Swift during her acceptance speech and declared that Beyonce should have won.

West, who is married to reality television star Kim Kardashian, and Swift put that to rest at the VMA show in August when she presented him with an lifetime award and praised his talents. West later sent Swift dozens of white roses and she called him her BFF (Best Friend Forever).

West said on Friday that Swift, whose "1989" album was the world's best seller in 2014, had approved the lyrics to "Famous."

"I did not diss Taylor Swift and I’ve never dissed her," West said in a string of Twitter postings. He tweeted that Swift came up with the idea for the song and that she thought the line "was funny and gave her blessings."

But the country-turned-pop star denied it and called West a misogynist.   Continued...

 
Kanye West (L) interrupts the acceptance speech from best female video winner Taylor Swift (R) at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards in New York, September 13, 2009.  REUTERS/Gary Hershorn