Los Angeles, California, September 13, 2010- Hollywood singer Taylor Swift’s song at the MTV Video Music awards Sunday appeared to be a ballad to Kanye West, the rapper who interrupted her acceptance speech at last year’s show.
“Who you are is not what you did,” Swift sang. “You’re still an innocent.”
While Swift’s ballad for West carried a message of forgiveness, West also was the target of jokes from show host Chelsea Handler. She lampooned by West by giving tips on how to fend off people stealing a spotlight.
West was set to perform later in the show. Another celeb made fun of her own bad behavior early in the show.
Lindsay Lohan, fresh out of jail and rehab, appeared in a backstage skit with Handler, who was wearing an alcohol-detection bracelet like the one Lohan recently wore.
“Wake up, Handler, pull it together,” Lohan said as she slammed Handler against a wall. “You’re a menace. Do you think anyone will work with a drunk? Take it from me, they don’t.”
Even if West is on his best behavior, there are other opportunities for misbehavior.
Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi and her “Jersey Shore” cast mates will present an award. Snooki is fresh off a court appearance for bad behavior in Seaside Heights, New Jersey.
Other presenters with more polite reputations include Cher, Ellen DeGeneres, Katy Perry and the cast of “Glee.”
Teen singing sensation Justin Bieber took the stage outside of the Nokia Theater in downtown Los Angeles during the first hour. Usher followed with a song on the main stage. Linkin Park, Eminem, Drake, Paramore, B.o.B, Florence + The Machine also were on the list of performers.
Last year’s show is remembered mostly for what was not planned.
West, who walked the red carpet with a bottle of cognac in his hand, jumped on stage after Swift was announced the winner over Beyonce in one category.
“Taylor, I’m really happy for you, and I’m gonna let you finish, but Beyonce had one of the best videos of all time,” he said, snatching the microphone from Swift after she had won her award.
Swift stood onstage, speechless, clutching her award. The cameras panned to a shocked Beyonce, while the audience booed and later chanted “Taylor.”
Though Beyonce later afforded the teen singer another opportunity to finish her speech, the West backlash had begun.
The backlash against West cost him his spot on a concert tour with Lady Gaga.