It what might come as a surprise to some, Kanye West loves to pontificate. So in winning Artist of the Year at the 20th annual Webby Awards on Monday night, West was left with a dilemma. The awards show limits its winners to just five words in their acceptance speeches, meaning the typically verbose West had to speak his mind with little flourish or exposition. The result?
“I can’t stand short speeches,” West said in accepting the award and following the five-word rule.
He’s not lying: West loves long speeches so much, he famously used 743 words to accept the Video Vanguard Award at last year’s MTV Music Awards. (It was during that speech when he announced a possibly presidential run in 2020.) In the interest of fairness, and in deference to West’s stance on brevity, read his full 2015 MTV Music Awards speech below.
Watch the Artist of the Year presentation above.