Kanye West was presented the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award by Taylor Swift during Sunday’s MTV Video Music Awards at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, before the rapper announced that he will eventually run for president.
Mr. West stunned audiences at the conclusion of his speech when he said “I have decided in 2020 to run for president”.
He embraced a long applause from the audience before beginning his speech, when he first took the stage, “Thank you, Taylor, for being so gracious and giving me the award this evening,” West said.
“I often think back to the first day I met you also,” he said with a smile, while Swift and wife Kim Kardashian embraced while looking up at the rapper.
The Vanguard Award recognizes musicians who have made a strong effect on MTV culture while also honoring their work.
Past recipients of the award include Justin Timberlake, Beyonce, Britney Spears, U2 and Red Hot Chili Peppers.
The 2015 awards was hosted by Miley Cyrus, with featured performances from Justin Bieber, The Weeknd, Tori Kelly, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, Pharrell, Nicki Minaj, and Twenty One Pilots With A$AP Rocky.
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