In 2009, Kanye West made MTV VMA history when he stormed up the stage and interrupted Taylor Swift’s acceptance speech because he believed Beyoncé should have won the award. Now, six years later, the rapper came full circle by receiving the Video Vanguard Award at the VMAs from the hands of none other than his one-time victim: Taylor Swift.
Although it was an extraordinary moment in itself, the contemporary queen of pop presenting her former enemy the esteemed award wasn’t the strangest bit of the evening – it was the moments that followed the award that stole the entire show.
After taking the stage and thanking Swift for presenting him with the award, the rapper held the mic for almost 15 minutes and blessed the world with some glorious visionary gold in the true Kanye fashion.
He called out MTV for exploiting the artists and using them for ratings, mentioned his use of marijuana and talked about how being a father has changed him for good.
“Do you know how many times they announced that Taylor was going to give me that award 'cuz it got them more ratings?” said West. “I don't understand how they get five people who work their entire life [to] sell records, sell concert tickets, to come stand on a carpet and for the first time in their life be judged on a chopping block and have the opportunity to be considered a loser.”
To make the Video Music Awards even more epic and memorable, West proceeded to announce his presidential run in 2020.
Yes, that’s right – Kanye West for president!
“I don't know what I'm going to lose after this, it don't matter bro, because it's not about me it’s about, ideas, bro – new ideas, people with ideas, people who believe in truth,” West concluded. “And yes, as you probably could have guessed, I have decided in 2020 to run for president.”
Watch his inspiring – and slightly bizarre – acceptance speech in the video posted above.