Kanye West Admits He's High and Announces Candidacy for President During VMA Vanguard Acceptance Speech

by Alex Ungerman 8:55 PM PDT, August 30, 2015
Playing Kanye West Admits He's High and Announces Candidacy for President During VMA Vanguard Acceptance Speech

Another epic VMAs for Kanye West!

After receiving the coveted MTV VMA Video Vanguard Award from Taylor Swift (fittingly), the 38-year-old rapper took his famous rants to the next level in perhaps the most insane, crazy, awesome acceptance speech OF ALL TIME.

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It's really hard to describe everything that happened in the lengthy monologue from Yeezus himself, but let's just say he admitted to smoking before the show, and announced his candidacy for president in 2020.

Read it below:

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"Bro, bro, listen to the kids. Jeremy, I gotta put it down for a second. First of all, thank you, Taylor, for being so gracious and giving me this award this evening. Thank you. And I often think back to the first day I met you also. I think about when I'm in the grocery store with my daughter and I have a really great conversation about fresh juice at the... you know. And at the end they say, "Oh you're not that bad after all. And like, I think about it sometimes it crosses my mind a little bit when I go to a baseball game and 60,000 people boo me. It crosses my mind a little bit.

And I think if i had to do it all again—what would I have done? Would I have worn a leather shirt? Would I have drank half a bottle of Hennessy and given the rest of it to the audience? Y'all know you drank that bottle, too. If I had a daughter at that time would I have went on stage and grabbed the mic from someone else's? You know, this arena tomorrow is gonna be a completely different set up... some concert... This stage will be gone. After that night, the stage was gone but the effect that it had on people remained.

The problem was the contradiction. The contradiction is that I do fight for artists but in that fight, somehow, was disrespectful to artists. I didn't know how to say the right thing, the perfect thing, I sat at the Grammys and saw Justin Timberlake and CeeLo Green lose. Gnarls Barkley and the 'FutureSex/LoveSound' album, and bro, Justin I'm not trying to put you on blast but I saw that man in tears, bro. And I was thinking he deserved to win album of the year. And the small box that we are of entertainers of the evening, how could you explain that?

Sometimes I feel like you know all this shit they run about beef and all that, sometimes I feel like I died for the artist's opinion, for the artist to have an opinion after they got successful. I'm not no politician bro, and look at that. You know how many times MTV ran that footage again? Because it got more ratings? Do you know how many times they announced Taylor was gonna give me this award? Because it got more ratings?

Listen to the kids, bro.

I still don't understand award shows. I don't understand how they get five people who work their entire life one sell records, sell concert tickets to come stand on a carpet and for the first time in they life be judged on a chopping block and have the opportunity to be considered a loser. I don't understand it bro. I do not understand when the biggest album or the biggest video I don't understand. I've been conflicted bro. I just wanted people to like me more. But f*ck that, bro. 2015. I will die for the art for what I believe in and the art ain't always gonna be polite. Y'all might be thinking right now, 'I wonder did he smoke something before he came out here?' And the answer is yes, I rolled up a little something, I knocked the edge off. I don't know what's gonna happen tonight what's gonna happen tomorrow bro but all I can say to my artists is just worry about how you feel at the time. I'm confident I believe in myself. We the millennials bro. This is a new mentality. We're not gonna control our kids with brands. We're not gonna tech low self esteem and hate to our kids. We're gonna teach our kids that they can be something. that they can stand up for themselves. To believe in themselves and if my grandfather was here right now, he would not let me back down.

I don't know what I'm fitting to lose after this it don't matter though because it ain't about me, it's about new ideas bro people with ideas people who believe in truth. and yes, as you probably could've guessed by this moment I have decided in 2020 to run for president."


After the speech, Kanye tweeted (and then deleted) #VoteForKanye.

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VMAs executive producer Jesse Ignjatovic told ET Kanye is one of the "most deserved" artists to ever win the Video Vanguard award.

"Everything he does, musically, visually, in terms of fashion, whatever he's doing he's pushing boundaries i think we all were thrilled to present this award to him and the fact that he's coming and accepting, he's so deserving of it," he said. "We watched all his videos back and always pushes it."

"He was very honored, genuinely," Jesse continued. "He puts so much passion into what he does, and he respects that honor. That's the thing, passion, that's kanye. i think he's very happy and honored, I think, and does not take something like this lightly. That's the great thing about him."

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Jesse wasn't sure what Kanye would do, but said he was sure it was "something special." And he was right!

Kanye has 3 VMA awards on 34 nominations. (Including Video Vanguard.) He left his first VMAs in 2004 empty-handed, winning his first the following year for "Jesus Walks."

Despite five nominations in 2007, Kanye was shut out completely. ET cameras caught the meltdown that ensued backstage.

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"Five nominations! F**king lost to Black Eyed Peas last year," he raved. "I'm never coming to MTV! ... I ain't f**kin' with this pop s**t, man."

So glad you did Kanye!

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