Kanye West is the recipient of the 2015 Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award — and apparently, a 2020 presidential hopeful. Taylor Swift, who revealed that College Dropout was the first album she bought on iTunes, fittingly presented Kanye with his award. She kept it cute, referencing the time she and Ye first “met” six years ago at the VMAs. Kanye proceeded to deliver an unforgettable speech that touched on pretty much everything you can think of.
He admitted that he was high. He put Justin Timberlake on blast for crying at the Grammys. He wondered if he would have interrupted Taylor’s speech six years ago had he had a baby daughter at the time.
Here are some of choice quotes from Ye’s speech:
“This arena tomorrow, it’s gonna be a completely different setup. This stage will be gone. After that night, the stage was gone, but the affect that it had on people remained.”
“The contradiction is I do fight for artists, but in that fight, I somehow was disrespectful to artists. I didn’t know how to say the right thing, the perfect thing.”
“Sometimes, I feel like I died for the artists’ opinion — for an artist to be able to have an opinion after they were successful.”
“I still don’t understand awards shows. I don’t understand how they get five people who worked their entire life, won, sold records, sold concert tickets, 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.”
“I wil die for the art, for what I believe in, and the art ain’t always gonna be polite.”
“It’s about ideas, bro. People with ideas. People with new ideas. People who believe in truth. And yes, as you probably could have guessed by this moment, I have decided, in 2020, to run for president.”