By Kaitlin Vickers
“Bro. Bro! Listen to the kids. First of all, thank you Taylor, for being so gracious and giving me this award this evening,” Kanye West began as he stole the microphone from Taylor Swift and the entire audience seemed to cringe when the first words came out of his mouth.
With the tension in the past between West and Swift it was a sigh of relief to hear him attempt to say something good about the young pop star. Kanye continued, talking about his daughter and a half empty bottle of Hennessy; I still have yet to find the connection between the two.
For a second he seemed to get sentimental in mentioning how the arena would be different tomorrow night, the stage would be gone, but the feelings would remain. Again, it’s nice he tried, but I’m not exactly sure what he was trying to say here. Within the next few seconds of his speech Kanye admitted to not knowing how to say the right thing at the wrong time. Which, Kanye, we are all well aware of, but thank you for admitting to it. He went on to question award shows as a whole, which I have to admit I am not a fan of myself. This may be the only time in the 11 minute speech that I agreed with this man and actually saw his intellect show through.
Every artist has their fans. They buy albums, merchandise, concert tickets and work for their approval. But multiple times a year we feel the need to compare all of these artists together. Artists that have different styles and fan bases.
Music should be music, not a contest. Not that it was a surprise to anyone Kanye admitted to smoking “a little something” before coming out on stage, which was pretty obvious to not only the audience but also the nation. Getting past all of the controversial music talk and the up and downs of Taylor Swift, he started to get very heartfelt talking about the kids of this generation and his grandfather.
Kayne, along with many other Americans feel that we need to teach the kids of the nation that they can do anything they want to and that they will be accepted by their parents and families. Kanye dropped some big news at the end of his speech, and many are still trying to decide whether or not to believe him because of the “little something” he had before the show.
“And yes, as you probably could have guessed by this moment, I have decided in 2020 to run for president.” No, Kanye, no one was guessing that but now that you mention it.
I feel like the entire VMA speech was thrown together and no thought was put into it, as most of it didn’t even make sense. The amount of topics covered in this speech is a bit excessive and maybe he should have only picked a few things to touch on quickly or maybe even only one topic. I was in awe when I saw the speech for the first time but reading it back over again all I got out of it was a headache. In all honesty, I’m not sure what he was trying to do.
Overall, it was very obvious that Kanye was either a little tipsy or his “little something” from back stage was getting to him. His speech sounded like something a drunk teenager wrote while they were trying to prepare a research paper for school. Kayne West sure did leave his mark on the 2015 VMA stage, in his own special way.