Kanye West announces he will run for president in award speech at MTV VMAs

Kanye West received a lifetime achievement award at the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday. The 38-year-old rapper took the ceremony's highest honour, known as the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard award, in recognition of his "ground-breaking videos, legendary performances and continued impact on music, art, fashion and culture".

The rapper was awarded the trophy by none other than Taylor Swift, whom Kanye famously interrupted during her acceptance speech for Best Female Video at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards to insist that his friend Beyoncé should have won the accolade.


Kanye West received a lifetime achievement award on Sunday

Kanye, who was accompanied by his pregnant wife Kim Kardashian, Kris Jenner, Kourtney Kardashian and Kylie Jenner, announced he would be running for president in 2020 during his acceptance speech.

Towards the end of his epic speech, the 38-year-old said: "If my grandfather was here right now, he would not let me back down. I don't know what I stand to lose after this. It don't matter, though, because it ain't about me, it's about ideas, bro.


"New ideas. People with ideas, people who believe in truth. And yes, as you probably could have guessed by this moment, I have decided in 2020 to run for president."

Kanye follows in the footsteps of previous winners of the esteemed statuette including Madonna, Beyoncé, Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake and The Rolling Stones.

Taylor, who has reconciled with Kanye since they first met on the VMAs stage six years ago, listened to his speech while standing side-by-side with his wife Kim.


Taylor was in a colourful two-piece outfit baring her midriff, while Kim opted for a military-inspired Balmain gown with lace-up detail.

Songstress Taylor also did well when it came to taking home accolades, winning trophies for video of the year, best pop video, best collaboration and best female video.

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