Kanye West is a music icon to some and a pompous bully to others. Love him or hate him, he is this year’s recipient of the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award, the most prestigious award at the VMAs.
If you watch the VMAs every year, or have had access to a computer in the past few years, you’ll recall that six years ago, Mr. West got up on stage and snatched the mic out of Taylor Swift’s hands to say that Beyoncé deserved her award. Ironic, because the presenter of West’s Vanguard Award just so happened to be Taylor Swift herself. Corny or forgiving?
Preparing to give Kanye the floor, Swift said “I’m really happy for you, and imma let you finish, but Kanye West has had one of the greatest careers of all time!” Super corny.
Since Kanye West knew he was receiving the award, you would assume that he would have an acceptance speech prepared. After watching the acceptance speech, however, all fingers point in the other direction. Especially after nearly two minutes of silence from Yeezy to start the speech. The frightened look on Kim Kardashian’s face when the silence reached one minute was priceless.
And then: “Bro!” One simple phrase that garnered cheers from the crowd, breaking Kanye’s silence. A phrase that was used all throughout this mysterious but special speech.
West had the crowd in the palm of his hand from the beginning when he started talking about what happened with Taylor Swift. How he, now a father, might have done things differently if he could go back. Kanye may gave even changed the hearts of some Taylor Swift fans. But, as per usual, Kanye started to speak his mind.
Yeezy ranted on and on about how many times MTV ran the clip of the 2009 VMAs disaster just for ratings. Yeezy even questioned the core purpose of having awards shows in general. This rant was followed by him admitting that he smoked some grass before he went out on stage that night.
Kanye also spoke his mind on a couple of interesting topics that had viewers not only listening, but believing. We all know Kanye backs himself in whatever industry he’s involved with, but it’s also true that he backs other artist that he thinks deserve a shot. This has gotten Mr. West in a bit of trouble over the years.
“Sometimes I feel like I died for the artist’s opinion. For artists to be able to have an opinion after they were successful. I’m not no politician, bro,” West said. A valid point after taking a look at all of the truths, good and bad, that he has shared with the media over the years. This is in fact what got him on every screen imaginable following the 2009 VMAs.
“Listen to the kids bro,” West said, attempting to reach out to the parents in the audience. With a child on the way and North West settled into the world, it seems Kanye has broadened his horizons in at least some aspects of his life.
After a few words of advice for the young artists watching him, Kanye ended a speech in a way only Kanye could. “And yes, as you probably could have guessed by this moment, I have decided in 2020 to run for president.” Kanye said. Drops Mic.
It’s never a good idea to assume, but I’m assuming that most of the members of the audience this night were confused after Kanye’s speech, yet strangely inspired.
This roller coaster of an acceptance speech left society questioning what they had watched for days. Say what you will about the man, but Kanye West is a creative genius that can create publicity for himself and, if you ask me, I think Kanye knew what he was doing the entire time.