Kanye West's 2015 MTV Video Music Awards speech was crazy emotional! Kim Kardashian's husband received the Video Vanguard Award at the VMAs — and he was presented by his rival-turned-friend, Taylor Swift. Though he was crying when talking about his famous feud with Swift, he couldn't help ranting against the network giving him the honor. And he made the ridiculous comment that, LOL, he might run for President in 2020.
The tribute started with a montage of Kanye West music videos that included captions like “beauty,” truth,” and “vision.” Taylor Swift then took the stage to present West with the honor. Clearly, these two have come a long way since the time he interrupted Taylor Swift’s acceptance speech.
"It seemed like everyone in the world knew about our infamous encounter at the VMAs, but something that you may not know is that Kanye West’s album, College Dropout, was the very first album my brother and I ever bought on iTunes when I was 12 years old," Swift said. " … I have been a fan of his since I can remember because Kanye defines what it is to be a creative force in music, fashion, and, well, life."
Swift even made reference to West’s infamous tirade when presenting the Video Vanguard Award to her “friend.” She finished her speech by saying: "So I guess I have to say to all the other winners tonight, I’m really happy for you, and Imma let you finish, but Kanye West has had one of the greatest careers of all time!”
Watch Taylor Swift present Kanye West with the Video Vanguard Award.
Kanye West then took the stage to a lengthy standing ovation. And, of course, he got a kiss from his wife! He and Swift shared a hug as she handed over the Moonman. A clearly emotional West then thanked Swift for giving him the Video Vanguard Award. West recalled how his reputation took a hit after his crazy VMAs rant, to the point that he is often booed at baseball games.
"After that night, the stage was gone, but the effect it had on people remained," West said. "The problem was, the contradiction is I fight for artist, but in that fight, I somehow was disrespectful to artists. I didn't know how to say the right thing, the perfect thing."
But while Kanye West seemed to regret his actions during his crazy VMA rant in 2009, he also lashed out at MTV for constantly publicizing his actions. "You know how many times MTV ran that footage again, because it got them more ratings," West noted. "You know how many times they announced that Taylor was going to get me the award, because it got them more ratings."
Unsurprisingly, Kanye West later admitted that he smoked something before tonight's crazy speech. "I still don’t understand award shows. I don’t understand how they get five people who work their entire lives … to come, stand on a carpet and, for the first time in their lives, be judged on a chopping block and have the opportunity to be considered a loser," he continued. " ... Y’all might be thinking right now, ‘I wonder, did he smoke something before he came out here?’ The answer is, ‘Yes, I rolled a little something to knock the edge off.'"
Watch Kanye West admit to smoking before his crazy emotional VMAs speech.
KANYE IS THE GOAT https://t.co/8SImROr2Ab
â€” MIRO (@WorkOfMiro) August 31, 2015
Kanye West concluded his crazy emotional rant by saying, LOL, he would run for President in 2020. Please tell us this wasn't a campaign speech!
"I don’t know what’s going to happen tonight," West added. "I don’t know what’s going to happen tomorrow, bro. But all I can say to my fellow artists: ‘Just worry how you feel at the time, man. Just worry how you feel.’ … I’m confident. I believe in myself. We the millennials, bro. This is a new mentality. We’re not going to control our kids with brands. We’re not going to teach low self-esteem and hate to our kids. We’re going to teach our kids that they can be something … to believe in themselves."
Watch Kanye West announce his run for president in 2020.
Earlier in the evening, Kanye West also seemed to poke fun at his feud with Taylor Swift when he was caught pretending to nap as she accepted her Best Female Video Award. But when the main cameras focused on him, he just started laughing. He also pretended to rush the stage when Swift was announced the winner.
As Kanye West's emotional speech showed, he and Swift have come a long way since their feud back in 2009. West even expressed a desire to record a song Swift.
“She wants to get in the studio and we're definitely going to go in,” West said of Swift earlier this year. “Any artist with an amazing point of view, perspective, fan base, I'm down to get in the studio and work. I don't discriminate, I don't have an elitism of music because of like how many Grammys or, you know, the amount of ratings you get on an album.”
This Video Vanguard honor was not the only award Kanye West received at the 2015 VMAs. West, along with Big Sean and John Legend was also honored with the Moonman for Video With A Social Message for “One Man Can Change The World.”
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