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Controversial character: Kanye West
What he did: West stormed the stage at the VMA awards on Sept. 13, to protest Taylor Swift 's win for "Best Female Video." The rapper grabbed the microphone and announced that Beyonce, also nominated, should have won. A shocked and stunned Swift didn't get to finish her acceptance speech.
What happened next: West apologized to Swift, her fans and her mother on his blog the next day.
Residual effects: Swift was able to recapture her moment when Beyonce won video of the year and invited the country music star back on stage to properly "have her moment." West appeared on the new prime-time version of "The Jay Leno Show," the following week.