2020: Kanye West for US President; First Lady Kim Kardashian?

Kanye West accepts the Video Vanguard Award at the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards in Los Angeles, California, August 30, 2015. (Reuters)

As if Donald Trump was not enough, we have another boisterous voice declaring his US political dreams.

Kanye West announced his 2020 presidential bid (whether he was serious or not is debatable), took aim at awards shows, addressed the Taylor Swift incident and more at the MTV Video Music Awards as he accepted the Video Vanguard Award, making for undoubtedly one of the most memorable VMA speeches ever.


"I still don't understand award shows," he said on stage.

"I don't understand how they get five people who work their entire life to come, stand on a carpet, and for the first time in their life, stand up on a chopping block and be considered a loser. I don't understand it, bro! I've been conflicted, bro! I just wanted people to like me more!"


"I will die for the art, for what I believe in," he went on "And the art ain't always going to be polite! Ya'll might be thinking, I wonder, 'Did he smoke something before he came out?' The answer is yes, I rolled up something. I knocked the edge off."

West got philosophical, talking about the next generation.


"We're going to teach our kids to believe in themselves," he said." I don't know what I'm going to lose after this. It don't matter, though. It ain't about me. It's about ideas. People with ideas. People who believe in truth. And yes, as you probably could have guessed by this moment, I am running for president in 2020."

Kanye West for US President!


The bold declaration came at the end of an epic acceptance speech for a lifetime achievement award.

Kanye, father to two-year-old daughter North with wife Kim Kardashian, has been making music videos since 2003 beginning with his first single ever titled Through The Wire.


Since then he has worked on several iconic music videos including 2004's All Falls Down, 2005's Gold Digger featuring Jamie Foxx, 2007 Daft Punk collaboration Stronger, 2011's All Of The Lights featuring Rihanna and the infamous 2013 Bound 2 video starring his wife Kim Kardashian.

Kanye last performed at the event in 2013 when he played single Blood on the Leaves.


Regardless of how much history Kanye has made at the award show, his best known appearance was when he interrupted Taylor at the event six years ago while she accepted the Best Female Video Award to insist Beyonce should have won the accolade.

Rushing the stage, Kanye took the microphone from the blonde singer and infamously said: 'Yo Taylor, I’m really happy for you, Imma let you finish but Beyonce had one of the best videos of all time…one of the best videos of all time!'

The rapper was then subsequently booed off the stage by the audience in attendance.

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