Rapper, Kanye West received the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award at MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday, after which he disclosed in his acceptance speech that he will be running for President in 2020.
West also spoke at length about being changed by fatherhood, defending artistry, the hypocrisy of media, the ridiculousness of award shows, and more.
“I will die for the art, and for what I believe in and the art isn’t always going to be polite”, he said.
Beyoncé and Justin Timberlake both performed lengthy, career-spanning medleys when they won in 2014 and 2013, respectively.
All six of West’s albums have gone platinum, according to the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), and he’s logged 22 top 10 singles on Billboard’s Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.
However, it appears West, who has also delved into fashion business, is about to launch his political career, by declaring his White House ambition.
Beyonce closed the MTV Video Music Awards’ Sunday night with an epic nearly 20-minute performance, with tears streaming down her face as she was joined onstage by her beaming husband and daughter.
Before she accepted the award, the 32-year-old pop diva shared a very public onstage kiss with her husband and the family hugged it out for a few seconds on stage.
Beyonce sang and danced on Sunday in a metallic leotard while Blue Ivy and Jay Z watched from their seats as the diva declared: “MTV, welcome to my world.”
The pair had been dogged by speculation of a tumultuous relationship and rumours of divorce. Several tabloid reports suggest that the couple’s “On the Run” tour isn’t full of marital bliss and the pair have had a rocky go the last few months. But with a public lip-lock from the notoriously PDA-averse couple, things seem to be just fine between the two.
As Beyonce accepted the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard award, the VMA’s version of a lifetime achievement award, at The Forum in Inglewood, California, she kissed her daughter and husband Jay Z, who called her the “greatest living entertainer”. The duo won best collaboration for the hit Drunk In Love.
“I have nothing to say but I am filled with so much gratitude,” she told the cheering crowd as they chanted her name repeatedly.
Her performance easily outdid her competition throughout the night, though Beyonce lost video of the year, which instead went to Miley Cyrus, who let a homeless man accept her award. It was in sharp contrast to the 2013 VMAs, when Cyrus twerked and danced shockingly onstage.
MTV Base announced on Thursday, August 7, that global international sensation, Beyoncé, would receive the legendary Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award at this year’s MTV Video Music Awards.
Beyoncé, who leads the pack this year with eight VMA nominations, will be presented with the highly coveted Video Vanguard Award, joining a prestigious list of past recipients including Michael Jackson, Madonna, Peter Gabriel, R.E.M., Beastie Boys, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Britney Spears and JustinTimberlake.
Mrs Carter’s triumphant return to the MTV VMA stage marks her fourth time performing on the loudest, most influential annual live celebration of music in the world.
The event, which will take place in Inglewood, California, on Sunday August 24, would also have previously announced 2014 “MTV Video Music Award” performers like Usher, Ariana Grande, 5 Seconds of Summer and Maroon 5.
Additional performers and presenters would be announced on a later date.