Bad Blood: A Timeline of the Swift-West-Kardashian Feud


The decade-long feud between Taylor Swift and Kanye West has been a focal point in the music industry.

It all began on September 13, 2009, when West infamously interrupted Swift's acceptance speech at the MTV Video Music Awards. This incident sparked a series of events, including apologies from West and support for Swift from fellow artists like Katy Perry and Kelly Clarkson.

In 2010, Swift struck back by releasing the song "Innocent" from her album "Speak Now," which alluded to her feud with West. The tension seemed to dissipate in 2015 when Swift presented West with a lifetime achievement award at the VMAs.


However, it resurfaced in 2016 with the release of West's song "Famous," which contained controversial lyrics about Swift. A video accompanying the song featured naked wax figures of celebrities, including Swift, further fueling the feud. Swift addressed the ongoing drama in her Grammy acceptance speech in 2016, emphasizing the importance of focusing on one's own work and not letting others undermine success.

Later that year, Kardashian released a series of video clips revealing a phone conversation between West and Swift, in which she appeared to give her approval for the lyrics in "Famous." Swift denied approving the song and expressed her desire to distance herself from the narrative.


In 2017, Swift released the video for "Look What You Made Me Do," taking shots at West, Kardashian, and other enemies. This was followed by her album "Reputation," which explored the ups and downs of her public image. In the song "This Is Why We Can't Have Nice Things," Swift expressed her disappointment in their failed friendship.

In 2020, a longer recording of the call between West and Swift surfaced, painting a more nuanced picture of their conversation. Many saw this as vindication for Swift's version of events.

In a recent interview with Time magazine, Swift discussed the toll the feud took on her mental health and revealed that she relocated to a foreign country due to the stress. Despite the passage of time, the feud between Swift and West remains a significant chapter in music history.