MTV VMAs: Kanye West's Vanguard Award speech

MTV VMAs: Kanye West's Vanguard Award SpeechMTVKanye West took the stage to accept MTV’s Video Vanguard Award.

Kanye West took the MTV Video Music Awards hostage for a full 12 minutes after receiving this year’s Video Vanguard life-achievement award.

In another nod to a feud involving Taylor Swift (the night already had this one1 and then this one2 involving Nicki Minaj), the singer presented the award to West.

Six years ago, West rushed the stage3 and interrupted Swift’s acceptance speech for best female video because he wasn’t happy about her win over Beyonc .

MTV VMAs: Kanye West's Vanguard Award SpeechMTVKanye West thanked award presenter Taylor Swift for being gracious.

“Listen to the kids, bro,” West said as part of his diatribe.

He also pointed out how the media stokes feuds between artists.

He even called out MTV.

“Do you know how many times they announced that Taylor was going to give me that award ’cause it got them more ratings?” he said.

He went on to question the very idea of award shows.

“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.”

He ended his speech with: “And, yes, as you probably could have guessed in this moment, I have decided in 2020 to run for president.”

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