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The MTV Video Music Awards were full of amazing performances and other unforgettable moments but this one wins.

Oh, Kanye West.

When Taylor Swift was presenting the rapper with the coveted Vanguard Award, we were holding our breath to see the kind of stunt that was about to unfold.

It turns out that Kanye West gave a long, winding speech that we need to figure out.

It’s not that we don’t really understand what Kanye was saying last night, it’s just that we need a second to figure it out. Maybe a little longer because the speech really went on and on. I couldn’t help but laugh at Taylor Swift’s shocked faces while Kanye made his speech. Especially the way that he ended his speech. I was not sure if that was a joke or if it were happening for real.

Check out the breakdown of Kanye West’s speech below.


Kanye West’s Vanguard Award acceptance speech at the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards wasn’t the greatest acceptance speech ever. Like the man delivering it, it had a tendency to ramble, and it leapt all over the place, across six or seven different themes.

The speech was roundly seen (mostly on social media) as just more blathering from a man who’s known for his blathering. But if you actually sit down and read the thing (ortranscribe it, as I did), there’s a lot to it. West might have been nervous, and his delivery might have been swallowed up by the crowd. But he really had thought through a surprisingly complex speech about the ways artists are turned into zero-sum competitors in a world where they shouldn’t be.


 


 

 

Much of the confusion over what West was trying to say stemmed from the middle section of his speech, in which he talked at length about why he hates award shows. But look at this as a digression on his main theme, and his intentions become clearer. This is again about the difficulty of achieving unity in the face of a world that would divide us — and nothing is more threatened by that than art.

West perhaps digressed more on this topic than was necessary (points two through four on this list are all about this theme, even if indirectly), but the artists he talked about — intriguingly, never himself — were all figures at the top of their games, people who can sell out concerts and make mega-selling albums. And West was intent on pointing out the pinnacle of that achievement, then contrasting it with the ways these artists are constantly dragged down from that pinnacle.


StreeXB would like to thank Vox for the article. Click here to read the whole story and unravel the speech.

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