Kanye West was presented the MTV Video Vanguard by Taylor Swift at the 2015 VMAs and the moment -- a very long one -- did not disappoint.
First, in her introduction of West, Taylor Swift revealed that when she was 12, his "College Dropout" album was the first one she and her brother ever purchased on iTunes. Second, right before she brought West onstage, she called out his infamous interruption of her 2009 VMA acceptance speech.
After that, West was off to the races with a lengthy, rambling speech that included his attempt to further explain why he felt the need to jump on stage and interrupt Swift, what we should be teaching our kids and his announcement that he's running for president in 2020.
A few highlights from his speech:
"Thank you Taylor for being so gracious and giving me this award this evening. I often think back to the first day I met you. I think about when I'm in the grocery store with my daughter and I have a really great conversation [with someone] about fresh juice and at the end they say, 'You're not that bad, after all,' I think about it sometimes, it crosses my mind like when I go to a baseball game and 60,000 people boo me."
"I died for the artist's opinion."
"I still don't understand award shows. I don't understand it, bro! I've been conflicted, bro! I just wanted people to like me more. The f***, bro! 2015. I will die for the art, for what I believe in. Art ain't always gonna be polite."
"People might be asking, 'Did he smoke something before he came up here?' Yes, I knocked the edge off."
"It ain't about me. It's about new ideas. People who believe in truth."
"And yes, as you probably could guess by this moment. I have decided in 2020 to run for president."