Kanye West VMAs Video 2016: Watch Speech On “Famous,” Taylor Swift And Role Models
It was only revealed just a few days ago that West would be attending this year’s MTV Video Music Awards ceremony at Madison Square Garden. With wife Kim Kardashian slated to present, the network would only confirm the rapper as a guest. But a report claimed producers would give him four minutes on stage to spend however he wanted.
And that turned out to be West walking out on stage as “Famous” played in the background. Standing before a microphone, the superstar was about to talk when he was cut off by chants of “Yeezy!” He then said, “I am Kanye West, and that feels really great to say, especially this year. I came here to present my new video, but before I do that, I’ma talk.”
“Now, later tonight, ‘Famous’ might lose to Beyonce, but I can’t be mad. I’m always wishing for Beyonce to win,” West continued. “But for people to understand just how blessed we are, it was an expression of our now, our fame right now, us on the inside of the TV. Just the audacity to put Anna Wintour next to Donald Trump — I put Ray J in there, bro!”
West went on, “This is fame, bro! I see you Amber! My wife is a G. Not a lot of people’s wives would let them say that right there. We came over on the same boat, now we all in the same bed. Well, maybe different boats. But if you think about last week, it was 22 people murdered in Chicago. People come up to me, like, ‘That’s right, tell Taylor!’ I’m like, ‘Bro, I love all y’all! That’s why I called her!”
The rapper noted, “If you feel like you seeing people dying right next to you, you might feel like what’s the point? Life might feel worthless in a way. I know for me, I sit down and talk to older, like rich people — a.k.a white — and they tell me, ‘Don’t compare yourself to Steve Jobs. Don’t compare yourself to Walt Disney.'”
“My roles model are artists, merchants — less than 10 than I can name in history. Truman, Ford, Hughes, Disney, Jobs, West,” he said. “Tonight, we’re here to have fun. I’m standing in front of my idol, Puff Daddy. I’m standing in front of my wife, Kim Kardashian West. I’m standing in front of the future, Chance The Rapper.”
West insisted, “We are undeniably the influencers, the thought leaders. I’m going to play y’all a piece of my art, and I just hope ya’ll have a good time.” Then MTV West’s new music video for “Fade,” starring Teyana Taylor.
This is now the second year in a row that the rapper has caused a stir at the show. As Gossip Cop reported, last year frenemy Taylor Swift presented West with the Video Vanguard Award, MTV’s biggest honor. He accepted by giving a rambling speech that lasted for more than 10 minutes and ended with West announcing he wants to run for president in 2020.
While it’s still not clear how serious West is about a presidential run, he and Swift are back on the outs after spending much of this year feuding over “Famous” and its lyric, “I made that bitch famous.” Swift, however, was not at this year’s ceremony, despite false speculation about an on-air reunion.
And at least for tonight, West was able to get the last laugh, as “Famous” was nominated for Video of the Year and Best Male Video. Check out video of West’s speech at the VMAs below.
— MTV (@MTV) August 29, 2016