Kanye West wins the Vanguard Award at the MTV Video Music Awards and gives a lengthy speech, ending with an announcement that he wants to run for U.S. President in 2020.
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES (AUGUST 30, 2015) (MTV) – Taylor Swift may have won the most Moonmans on Sunday but it was her reunion with rapper Kanye West on the MTV Video Music Awards stage that stole the show, as West declared he will run for the U.S. presidency in 2020.
Rapper Kanye West, who famously stormed the stage and snatched the microphone from Swift in 2009 during her acceptance speech, was given the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard award on Sunday by Swift, in a VMA moment that came full circle.
In a parody of West’s 2009 speech when he hijacked her award, “to all the other winners tonight, I’m really happy for you and Imma let you finish, but Kanye West has one of the greatest careers of all time.”
After a standing ovation, West rehashed the 2009 incident along with many other musings on the authenticity of artistry, at one point criticizing awards shows and MTV for replaying the Swift incident over and over for “more ratings.”
“And I often think back to the first day I met you also, you know I think about when I am in the grocery store with my daughter and I have a really great conversation about fresh juice and at the end they say ‘Oh you’re not that bad after all’ and like I think about it sometimes, like it crosses my mind like when I go to a baseball game and 60,000 people boo me, crosses my mind a little bit…… You know, this arena tomorrow it’s gonna to be a completely different set-up, some concert, something like that, this stage will be gone, after that night the stage was gone but the effect that it had on people remained,” he said.
He ended his speech by declaring, “I have decided in 2020 to run for president,” quickly riling up the live audience and social media.