East Texans react to VMA controversy

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TYLER, TX (KLTV) - It was a huge night for 19-year-old country music star Taylor Swift.

"To win a VMA award..." Taylor Swift began.

But, as she was accepting her award for best female video, hip-hop artist, Kanye West, interrupted her victory.

"Yo Taylor, I'm really happy for you," Kanye West interrupted. "I'm going to let you finish, but Beyonce had one of the best videos of all time"

His words not only shocked the audience, but a ripple was sent across the nation and hit close to home.

"It's completely out of line," said Nick Pencis, a Tyler resident. "It sounds to me like the guys ego is out of control. He should just go start his own utopia where he can control the music industry."

"I think he is a complete jerk," said Rachel Proctor, a Tyler resident. "I think it was all about publicity and trying to get the spotlight on him."

Luscious Ice is a local hip hop DJ.

"It's heat all over the media right now about Kanye West at the VMA's last night," said Ice.

He says the hip hop community is embarassed, but Kanye has a reputation of pushing buttons, and this isn't the first time he has spoken out of line.

"Kanye is one of the major players in the game," said Ice. "He will get flack for a little bit but then he will be back to business as usual."

While there may be some mixed emotions, country music fans like Gary Walker with KNUE radio will stand by their girl.

"The term jerk, maybe, and obnoxious comes to mind when you talk about Kanye West," said Walker.

Walker says all this attention may boost Swift's career in the long run.

"I think she handled it with class as Beyonce did when she brought her up on stage and let her shine," he said.

And, with trophy in hand, Swift was the one shining in the end. We would like to hear what you have to say. Leave us your thoughts in our comments section below.

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