After accepting the Video Vanguard Award from Taylor Swift (who cleverly used Yeezy's infamous "Imma let you finish" line), Kanye took to the stage to deliver what was possibly his most passionate speech to date. That sounds difficult to process, especially because the rapper is known for his impromptu rants (remember when Kanye dissed E! at the Grammys?) but this lengthy acceptance speech was full of some signature Yeezy gems:
Kanye on interrupting Taylor's VMAs speech:
"If I had to do it all again, what would I have done? Would I have worn a leather shirt? Would I have drank a half a bottle of Hennessy and gave the rest to the audience?" he asked. "If I had a daughter at that time, would I have went on stage and grabbed the mic from someone else's?" He continued, "The problem was the contradiction. The contradiction is I do fight for artists. But in that fight, I was somehow disrespectful to artists. I didn't know how to say the right thing, the perfect thing."
Kanye on award shows:
"I still don't understand award shows! I don't understand how they get five people who work their entire life, won, sold records, sold concert tickets, to come, stand on the carpet and for the first time in they [sic] life be judged on the chopping block, and have the opportunity to be considered a loser. I don't understand it, bro. I don't understand what the biggest album...I just wanted people to like me more. But f*ck it, bro. 2015!"
His message to fellow artists:
"I don't know what's gonna happen tonight. I don't know what's gonna happen tomorrow bro, but all I can say to my artists, my fellow artists...just worry how you feel at the time. Just worry about how you feel... I'm confident. I believe in myself." After shouting out millenials, Yeezy vowed to not "teach low self-esteem and hate to our kids," but instead promised to help children to "believe in themselves."
His five-year plan:
"I've decided in 2020 to run for president."
Oh, Yeezy. To be honest, that one leaves us speechless.
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