Kanye West had his four minutes of fame at the MTV Video Music Awards, as promised, before debuting his new video for ‘Fade’. He walked out on the stage to that line from ‘Famous’ before announcing, ‘I came here to present my new video, but before I do that… I’ma talk.’
Turns out, he used up a good amount of his precious minutes with lengthy pauses, seemingly either thinking about what to say next – or deliberately keeping the audience on edge – while he grinned ear-to-ear.
Fans and foes weren’t totally disappointed, however.
These were some of the highlights of his speech (which, it should be noted, went over four minutes):
1. After musing about the ‘audacity’ of fame – and name-checking Vogue editorAnna Wintour and presidential candidate Donald Trump – West crowed abruptly,‘I see you, Amber’, and pointed to his former girlfriend Amber Rose, who was in the audience. Following a quick camera shot of Rose’s stiff smile, West cheerfully added, ‘My wife’ – Kim Kardashian – who is surely a G’ for letting him give a shout-out to his ex.
2. West also called out his on and off nemesis, Taylor Swift, with whom he has infamously been in conflict with for most of this year regarding his provocative single ‘Famous’. ‘I love all of y’all’, he noted. ‘That’s why I called her’. Swift herself was not in attendance to react, nor did she reply at press time.
3. West attempted to touch on social issues, referring to the recent violence in his hometown of Chicago last week. However, he twisted the commentary into an odd discussion regarding the importance of role models, naming his own… and including himself in the bunch.
4. The audience, as usual, responded to West’s proclamations in typical silent ‘what was that?’ fashion, save West’s proud wife, Kim, who reacted with tears and applause.
While a speech from West is always amusing, we’ll have to give the verdict that, if he is serious about running for president in four years, he might want to consider a speechwriter.
For real though!