Taylor Swift and Kanye West are once again forced to share the stage, however the circumstances are slightly more agreeable this time.
Billboard revealed in its year-end charts that Swift and West are side by side as Top Female and Top Male Artist of the Year, reports Billboard.com.
As most people probably have not forgotten, West interrupted Swift’s Video Music Award acceptance speech when he rushed on stage and went on a tirade about how Beyonce was more deserving of the Best Female Video award. Funnily enough, Swift beat out Beyonce for the number one spot of Billboard’s Top Female Artist.
The crown is just another accomplishment in an already amazing year for Swift. Aside from the Video Music Award, Swift has won two Academy of Country Music Awards, five BMI awards, and five Country Music Association awards, including Entertainer of the Year. Most recently, Swift was awarded five American Music Awards including Artist of the Year, where she faced her toughest competition, the late Michael Jackson. Swift also sits atop Billboard’s overall Artists of 2009 list.
West, in contrast, who ranks 6th on the overall artists chart, has stepped back from the spotlight since his infamous Video Music Awards stint. His tour with Lady Gaga was quickly cancelled when the rapper decided to step back from all the attention (though he did surface briefly in the tabloids in October when a false Internet rumor declared he was dead).
West and Swift are likely to see each other at the 2010 Grammy Awards as well; West is nominated for five, and Swift is nominated for eight. No interruptions this time, please, Kanye.
Billboard’s Top Female Artists of 2009 are:
1. Taylor Swift
3. Lady Gaga
4. Miley Cyrus
5. Britney Spears
7. Katy Perry
8. Kelly Clarkson
10. Keri Hilson
Billboard’s Top Male Artists of 2009 are:
1. Kanye West
3. Flo Rida
4. Jason Mraz
6. Lil Wayne
8. Jamie Foxx