"Later tonight, 'Famous' might lose to Beyonce, but I can't be mad," said the rapper
West, 39 – who is nominated for two VMAs – debuted his new music video for “Fade” and addressed his ongoing controversy with Taylor Swift in front of the audience, which included wife Kim Kardashian West, on Sunday.
With a big smile on his face, West said his “Famous” music video was “an expression of our fame right now … the audacity to put Anna Wintour next to Donald Trump … I put Ray J in it, bro. I see you, Amber [Rose].”
Kardashian-West – who earlier this summer leaked video footage of her husband and Swift discussing his “Famous” lyrics over the phone – adoringly looked on as West called her a “G.”
“You know, like, people come up to me like, ‘Yeah, that’s right! Take Taylor! But bro, like, I love all y’all. That’s why I called her.”
On Monday, West tweeted a picture of someone wearing a shirt with both his and Swift’s album covers, writing the caption, “unity love.”
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The star also revealed he has “less than 10” role models in his life, including “Truman, Ford, Hughes, Disney, Jobs, West.”
Not surprisingly, Kardashian West also made the list, as well as his “idol” Puff Daddy, Chance the Rapper and 2 Chainz.
“We are undeniably the influence … the thought leaders,” he said, before unveiling his new music video.
Last year at the award show, the singer – who just kicked off his Saint Pablo tour – announced that he “decided in 2020 to run for president,” as he accepted the Video Vanguard Award.