Beyoncé Breaks Her Silence on Kanye's VMA Outburst

Beyoncé Breaks Her Silence on Kanye's VMA Outburst
Beyonceé at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards
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10/07/2009 AT 10:15 AM EDT

The other woman at the center of the Kanye West Video Music Awards shout-out scandal is finally speaking out.

Beyoncé Knowles, whose loss to Taylor Swift in the Best Female Video category prompted West to storm the stage and steal the microphone from Swift at the Sept. 13 ceremony, says she understands the rapper's motivation.

"Well, I knew his intentions, and I knew he was standing up for art; and he told me before, when they said the nominees, he's like, 'You have this award,'" she told O: The Oprah Magazine editor-at-large Gayle King.


"When they didn't call my name he was, like, completely shocked," Knowles, 28, added. "And when he walked on the stage, I was like, 'No, no, no!' and then he spoke, and I was like, 'Oh, no, no, no!' "

When Beyoncé won Video of the Year later that evening, she called Swift back on stage to let the country star finish her speech.

"In the end, it ended up being a great night, and Taylor Swift did get her moment – and I didn't have to make an acceptance speech," Knowles added with a laugh.

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