Calvin Harris won the highly coveted Best Male Video award at the MTV Video Music Awards 2016 held at Madison Square Garden on 28 August in New York City. The Scottish DJ was awarded for his single This Is What You Came For which also features Rihanna.
During his acceptance speech via video message, the 31-year-old DJ skipped former girlfriend, Taylor Swift's name who had written lyrics to his hit song. She had worked under the pseudonym, Nils Sjoberg.
"Wow! Wow! First of all, I'm so sorry I can't be there, I have a show tonight in the UK or else I would definitely be there. MTV, this is crazy," he said.
"I need to thank Rihanna from the bottom of my heart. You're a superstar, every time we work together you bring something magical to the project, so thank you. Emil Nava, the director you're a legend, you're my favourite man on earth, thank you for everything you've done for me. And everybody who supported this song, who watched the video, I love you so much. Thank you. This is amazing. I love you. Thank you, MTV," Harris concluded.
Previously, Harris had lashed out at reports that he did not give due credit to Swift. He tweeted: "I wrote the music, produced the song, arranged it and cut the vocals though. And initially she wanted it kept secret, hence the pseudonym. Hurtful to me at this point that her and her team would go so far out of their way to try and make ME look bad at this stage though."