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Watch Kanye West deliver a truly bizarre acceptance speech

The rapper said ‘bro’ 25 times, called Justin Timberlake a cry baby and said he was running for president in 2020 at last night’s VMAs

We can always rely on Kanye West to deliver some valuable nuggets of wisdom wherever he travels, from comparing his own courage to Leonardo da Vinci’s, to philosophising about the power of musical collabs and proclaiming his own fashion activism.

And in true form, when Kanye was presented with a 'Video Vaguard Award' at last night’s VMAs, the rapper delivered a lengthy acceptance speech that addressed a number of topics, from how he didn’t understand the point of awards, to how he liked going to the grocery store to “have a really great conversation about fresh juice” and how he was going to run for president in 2020. Also, if you were wondering, yes he was a little bit stoned. He also said the word ‘bro’ 25 times in total.

On Taylor Swift...

“First of all, thank you Taylor for being so gracious and giving me this award this evening. 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 convo about fresh juice you know and at the end they say you’re not that bad after all and, like, I think about it sometimes. It crosses my mind when I go to a baseball game and 60,000 people boo me. It crosses my mind a little bit.”

On Justin Timberlake...

“Justin, I ain’t trying to put you on blast but I saw that man in tears, bro. I was thinking that he deserves to win 'Album Of The Year' and this small box that we are as the entertainers of the evening. How could you explain that? Sometimes I feel like you know all this bullshit that they run about beef and all that, sometimes I feel like I died for the artist opinion. For the artists to be able to have an opinion after they were successful.”

On award ceremonys...

“I still don’t understand award shows. I don’t understand how they get five people who worked their entire life, 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. I don’t understand it, bro. I don’t understand when the biggest album and the biggest video… I’ve been conflicted, bro! I just wanted people to like me more. Fuck it, bro.”

On dying for the art...

“I will die for the art – for what I believe in. The art ain’t always gonna be polite. Y’all might be thinking right now, I wonder, ‘did he smoke something before he came here’? The answer is ‘yes’, I rolled up a little something to knock the edge off. I don’t know what’s gonna happen tonight. I don’t know what’s gonna happen tomorrow, bro. But all I can say to my artist, my fellow artist, just worry about how you feel at the time man.”

On being a millennial...

“We the millennials, bro. This is a new mentality. We not gonna control our kids with brands. We not gonna teach low self esteem and that to our kids. We gonna teach our kids that they can be something. We gonna teach our kids that they can stand up for themselves. We gonna teach our kids to believe in themselves. If my grandfather was here right now he would not let me back down… It don’t matter though ’cause it’s not about me. It’s about ideas bro, new ideas bro. People with ideas. People who believe in truth. and yes, as you probably could have guessed for this moment, I have decided in 2020 to run for president.”

Watch the acceptance speech in it's entirety below.