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Kanye West's MTV VMAs 2015 Full Acceptance Speech Video - Watch Now!

Kanye West's MTV VMAs 2015 Full Acceptance Speech Video - Watch Now!

Kanye West takes the stage to accept the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award at the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards held at the Microsoft Theater on Sunday (August 30) in Los Angeles.

The 38-year-old entertainer surprised the crowd with the speech – much of it was about his infamous Taylor Swift interruption at the VMAs many years ago.

At the end of the speech, Kanye announced he will be running for president in 2020!

Watch Kanye‘s full speech below, and also see photos of him on the red carpet with his wife Kim Kardashian earlier in the evening.


Kanye West’s MTV VMAs Acceptance Speech

Click inside to read the text of Kanye West’s speech…

“Listen to the kids. Jeremy, I gotta put it down for a second. Jeremy Scott designed it.

First of all, thank you Taylor for being so gracious and giving me this award this evening, thank you. And I often think back to the first day that I met you also. You know, I think about when I’m in the grocery store with my daughter and I have a really great conversation about fresh juice, you know? And at the end they say, ‘Oh, you’re not that bad after all.’ And like, I think about it sometimes. It crosses my mind a little bit like when I go to a baseball game and 60,000 people boo me.

It crosses my mind a little bit. And I think if I had to do it all again, what would I have done? Would I have worn a leather shirt? Would I have drank a half a bottle of Hennessy and given it to the rest of the audience? If I had a daughter at that time, would I have went onstage and grabbed the mic from someone else’s? You know, this arena, tomorrow, it’s going to be a completely different setup, some concert or something like that. This stage will be gone. After that night, the stage is gone but the effect that it had on people remained. The problem was, 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.

I just, I sat at the Grammys and saw Justin Timberlake and Cee Lo lose. Gnarls Barkley and the ‘Sexyback’ album… Justin, I ain’t trying to put you on blast but I saw that man in tears bro. And I was thinking like, he deserved to win Album of the Year. And the small box that we are as entertainers of the evening, how could you explain that? Sometimes I feel like, you know, all this shit they run about beef and all that, sometimes I feel like I died for the artist’s opinion, for an artist to have an opinion after they were successful. I’m not a politician bro!

And look at that. You know how many times MTV ran that footage again because it got them more ratings? You know how many times they announced Taylor was presenting the award because it got more ratings? Listen to the kids bro! I still don’t understand award shows. I don’t understand how they get five people who work their entire life, one sold records, sold concert tickets, to come, stand on a carpet and for the first tie in their life, be judged on a chopping block and had the opportunity to be considered a loser. I don’t understand it bro! I don’t understand what the biggest album or the biggest video… I’m conflicted bro. I just wanted people to like me more.

But f—k that bro! 2015. I will die for the art, for what I believe in, and the art ain’t always polite. Y’all might be thinking fright now, did he smoke something before he came out here? The answer is yes, I rolled up a little something. I’m not dead y’all. I don’t know what’s going to happen tonight, I don’t know what’s going ot happen tomorrow bro, but all I can say to my artists, my fellow artists, just worry about how you feel at the time. Just worry about how you feel, and don’t never…

I’m confident. I believe in myself. We the millennials, bro. This is a new mentality. We not gonna control our kids with brands. We not going to teach hate to our kids. We’re going to teach our kids that they can be something, that they can believe in themselves. If my grandfather was here right now, he would not let me back down. I don’t know what I finna lose after this. It don’t matter though, because it’ snot about me. It’s about ides, bro, new ideas, people with 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.”

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  • Anastatia Bagans

    I’m still trying to figure out what this idiot was trying to say….

  • VanityInsecurity

    illiteracy is real.

  • Ariana

    He is an uneducated moron. Its best not to try and think what he’s really saying. I think he has a untreated mental illness. But I still don’t like him. And he wants to be POTUS? Okay sure go ahead and see how that turns how. I think some ppl would actually be stupid enough to vote for him because of all the Political Correctness that is going on, but hes an idiot. And a terrible role model along with his prostitute wife.

  • Sanna Leena

    It wasn’t even HIS award! Why was he up there?

  • Anne

    Keeping aside his viability as POTUS, educated people don’t call names. They make arguments. Maybe you should start school too?

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  • xyz

    Many years ago? It was in 2009, 6 years ago in fact

  • xyz

    Truth hurts, dear?

  • fidgefodge

    The person made an educated argument, that Kanye is uneducated (fact) and that he probably has some untreated mental illness (very probable).

    And many educated people call names all the time, are you kidding me? Every political attack ad is basically name calling. Just because you’re educated doesn’t mean you suddenly become a superior being.

  • fidgefodge

    People like Kanye somehow live forever, annoying the hell out of the human race. And yet all the real talent keeps dying. I would love for a hacker group to just post images of his wife’s sex tape on the screen any time he starts acting ridiculous in a public forum.

  • hannah

    he’s all cute and everything. i like him. but wtf he is talking about

  • hannah

    oh he got tons of talent, but he is just so beyond confused.
    this speech is ridiculous. and everyone there cheering him like that is even more ridiculous

  • Amazing Amy

    Sounds like you’re describing Donald Trump.

    “some ppl would actually be stupid enough to vote for him because of all the Political Correctness that is going on, but hes an idiot. And a terrible role model along with his prostitute wife.”

  • Gregor

    Donald Trump has a university education atleast. What does Kanye West have? He is a dropout.

  • Gregor

    Kanye West is uneducated you stupid moron. What is his education then? Can you show it to us

  • Gregor

    Nice to know you look up to stupid, uneducated black trash like him and his pig wife.

  • Ariana

    Excuse me? You must be as stupid and lacking any education just as Kanye West. He has no chance of a successful presidential run because of his lack of education and the fact that he has something seriously wrong with him. No normal person acts the way he does. I bet you are the type of person to vote for his uneducated ugly azzzz.

  • Ariana

    Trump’s wife is a prostitute? She is a model and has a job at least. Kim K doesn’t have a job. She just lives off rich men’s money and f—- rich black guys for a living. How is that any good?
    Kanye West is black, and he would benefit from the PC liberal crowd. They would stupidly vote for him because the PC liberal crowd would believe he is being ‘ unfairly judged due to his racial status” and that kind of BS.
    Kanye West is just a dumb, uneducated black guy who is married to another uneducated, half-breed woman who makes money by f—- men. I am sorry if you think that is somehow better then what Trump does. Trump at least has a degree in business. So that’s alot better then being an uneducated black guy who is married to a pig porn star.

  • Ariana

    It must be s dumb uneducated teen or person who idolizes this trash known as Kanye West. Only low-income and very stupid people like him.

  • Anastatia Bagans

    Well said. Anyone comparing Trump to Kanye is a f*cking idiot.

  • Amazing Amy

    Kim K. has her own businesses, and, according to Forbes, is worth about 80 million.

    The PC crowd????? And who are they exactly? Please, point them out. You’re a right wing conservative, who thinks Donald Trump would make a good president, with his mail order robot bride. I cannot take your seriously.

    Kanye West and Donald Trump—what’s the difference? None!

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