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Kanye West to run for president (possibly)

By | Published on Tuesday 1 September 2015

Kanye West

Kanye West has said that he plans to run as a candidate for the US presidency in 2020. But Kanye West said a lot of things during his acceptance speech for the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award at Sunday’s MTV VMAs.

The rapper used much of said speech to express his confusion about awards ceremonies, and “how they get five people who worked their entire life, [that] sold records, sold 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 also sort of apologised for taking it all so seriously in the past that he thought it wise to jump on stage at a previous VMAs to insist that Taylor Swift, who presented him with his trophy this time, should not have won an award herself.

Admitting that he had “rolled up a little something to knock the edge off” before getting on stage this time, he added that he “will die for the art, for what I believe in”, that “we’re not gonna control our kids with brands”, and that “it’s about ideas bro, new ideas. People with ideas. People who believe in truth”.

“And yes”, he concluded, “as you probably could have guessed by this moment, I have decided in 2020 to run for president”.