At the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards, then budding country star Taylor Swift was nominated for the “Best female video” category. Presenters Shakira and Taylor Lautner announced the winner and a stunned Swift nervously made her way to the stage but her excitement would be short lived. Moments after the singer accepted her award, a distraught Kanye West approached the stage and famously said “Yo Taylor, I’m really happy for you and I’mma let you finish but Beyoncé had one of the best videos of all time. One of the best videos of all time!” The meme itself is presented as a still shot of Kanye with the mic in his hand motioning toward Taylor Swift. The meme was literally an overnight sensation, as it dominated the headlines for the month of September and even President Obama weighed in on the issue calling West a “jackass”. The famed rapper has a long history of outlandish stunts so the incident essentially added to his catalogue of erratic behavior that his fans and the media have come to fawn over.
In addition to the “Imma let you finish” meme, the “Kanye Shrug” also emerged from the same incident. This meme is a still shot of Kanye shrugging his shoulders immediately after his rant before handing the microphone back to Swift and walking off the stage. While undoubtedly less popular, there is also a " Imma let you finish" meme of West's own 5 month year old daughter.