Swift MTV Award

As usual, Taylor Swift always thanks the fans first. So when “I Knew You Were Trouble” won for best female video at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday night (Aug. 25), that was her first order of business (after hugging seatmates Selena Gomez and her video co-star Reeve Carney, of course).

“I want to thank the fans because I tweeted about this a lot,” she said as she accepted her trophy.

Then, in a sly side note, Swift added another thank you.

“I also want to thank the person who inspired this song — who knows exactly who he is — because now I’ve got one of these,” she said.

She was too classy to name names, but she seemed just vindicated enough to make sure he knows she won.

Rod Sisco