In case you missed a wild show Sunday night, the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards took place in Los Angeles where Kanye West was awarded the Michael Jackson ‘Video Vanguard Award’ in which Ye gave a speech that nobody will ever forget. Complex has the official transcript of Mr. West’s memorable words where he ended off by announcing his Presidential bid for the 2020 election! Watch the speech here.
Bro, bro, listen to the kids. Jeremy, I gotta put it down for a second. 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 I met you also. I think about when I’m in the grocery store with my daughter and I have a really great conversation about fresh juice at the… 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 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 half a bottle of Hennessy and given the rest of it to the audience? Y’all know you drank that bottle, too. If I had a daughter at that time would I have went on stage and grabbed the mic from someone else’s? You know, this arena tomorrow is gonna be a completely different set up—some concert… This stage will be gone. After that night, the stage was gone but the effect that it had on people remained.
The problem was the contradiction. The contradiction is that I do fight for artists but in that fight, somehow, was disrespectful to artists. I didn’t know how to say the right thing, the perfect thing, I sat at the Grammys and saw Justin Timberlake and CeeLo Green lose. Gnarls Barkley and the [FutureSex/LoveSound] album, and bro, Justin I’m not trying to put you on blast but I saw that man in tears, bro. And I was thinking he deserved to win album of the year. And the small box that we are of 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 the artist to have an opinion after they got successful. I’m not no politician bro, and look at that. You know how many times MTV ran that footage again? Because it got more ratings? Do you know how many times they announced Taylor was gonna give me this 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 sell records, sell concert tickets to come stand on a carpet and for the first time in they life be judged on a chopping block and have the opportunity to be considered a loser. I don’t understand it bro. I do not understand when the biggest album or the biggest video I don’t understand. I’ve been conflicted bro. I just wanted people to like me more. But fuck that, bro. 2015. I will die for the art for what I believe in and the art ain’t always gonna be polite. Y’all might be thinking right now, “I wonder did he smoke something before he came out here?” And the answer is yes, I rolled up a little something, I knocked the edge off. I don’t know what’s gonna happen tonight what’s gonna happen tomorrow bro but all I can say to my artists is just worry about how you feel at the time. I’m confident I believe in myself. We the millenials bro. This is a new mentality. We’re not gonna control our kids with brands. We’re not gonna tech low self esteem and hate to our kids. We’re gonna teach our kids that they can be something. that they can stand up for themselves. To believe in themselves and if my grandfather was here right now, he would not let me back down.
I don’t know what I’m finna lose after this it don’t matter though because it ain’t about me, it’s about new ideas bro people with ideas people who believe in truth. and yes, as you proabably could’ve guessed by this moment I have decided in 2020 to run for president.
Transcript provided by Lauren Nostro of Complex.
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According to the Hollywood Reporter, MTV original series, Punk’d, is set to make it’s way back on your television screens. This time around, the celebrity prank show is set to broadcast on BET. Both networks are all under the same broadcasting company, Viacom, so it’s staying in the family. No details yet on who will be the host, as the original series casted actor, Ashton Kutcher, to help prank celebrities. Stay tuned for an official air date to be released.
The well-loved reality star from MTV‘s Real World/Road Rules Challenge series, Diem Brown, passed away Friday morning in New York City.
Last month, the MTV star revealed that she that the cancer that had been found in her stomach and colon in August had spread to her liver and lymph nodes. She had been posting many pictures on her Instagram account that showed the support she had from family and friends as her condition continued to worsen.
At 23, Diem was diagnosed with Ovarian cancer but beat it until its return in 2012. This was her third battle with the cancer and she had every intention to beat this fight once again. Diem also participated in Ovarian Cancer Awareness month back in September at the “Run For Her” 5k Run/Walk in New York City.
The MTV VMA’s took place last night in Inglewood, California and it was an eventful night to say the least. The women of the industry took over as their were performances by Fifth Harmony, Jessie J, Ariana Grande, Nicki Minaj, Taylor Swift and Beyonce, who accepted the Michael Jackson Vangaurd Award. A few male performances took place as well including Usher, Sam Smith and Maroon 5. Check out the celebs who turn heads on the red carpet below. (more…)