Kanye West Made His Nashville Audience Sing Along to the Taylor Swift Line in "Famous"

Several times, apparently.

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Kanye West and Taylor Swift's friendship has been, well, let's call it shaky.

After a rough start when Kanye interrupted Swift's speech at the 2009 VMAs, the pair seemed to make nice and forge a friendship. Then, earlier this year, West released his song "Famous," (opens in new tab) featuring the now-infamous line, "I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex. Why? I made that bitch famous." West insisted Swift had approved the lyric, Swift insisted she hadn't, and then Kim Kardashian leaked a recording (opens in new tab) of Swift and West's phone call discussing the song. It was a ~whole thing~.

In spite of the tension between the two, West didn't shy away from performing the controversial song during a concert on Swift's home turf in Nashville Saturday night. In fact, according to The Tennessean (opens in new tab), he performed it quickly (it was the third song in his set) and repeatedly.

During his first performance of the song, West directed the crowd to shout along to the lyric about Swift. When they did, he was so happy, he asked the DJ to start the song over again.

"I need to hear that loud in Nashville," he told the crowd. "I need to hear that so loud in Nashville."

West ended up starting the song over three times, The Tennessean (opens in new tab) reports.

"So many people told me, 'You've gotta take that line out of the song. You gotta play it safe,'" West explained from the stage.

Since West has never been one to "play it safe," we can't say we're shocked that he left the line in the song.

Kayleigh Roberts
Kayleigh Roberts

Kayleigh Roberts is a freelance writer and editor with more than 10 years of professional experience. Her byline has appeared in Marie Claire, Cosmopolitan, ELLE, Harper’s Bazaar, The Atlantic, Allure, Entertainment Weekly, MTV, Bustle, Refinery29, Girls’ Life Magazine, Just Jared, and Tiger Beat, among other publications. She's a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.