While there were moments that kept our jaws glued to the floor at this year’s VMAs – please refer back to The Weeknd’s swoon-worthy performance and never-ending #squadgoals Taylor Swift unfailingly delivered for proof – nothing quite compared to the spectacle that was Kanye West‘s acceptance speech for his Video Vanguard Award.
The rapper’s 10-minute talk touched upon a whole variety of topics, ranging from the impact fatherhood has had on him to his plan of running for president in 2020.
So many emotions, guys. So. Many. Emotions. West wasn’t afraid to show them all, and because of that, compelled us to categorize his most memorable tidbits.
The Quote That Made Us Go ‘Aww!’
“We’re not going to teach low self-esteem and hate to our kids. We’re going to teach our kids that they can be something. We’re going to teach our kids that they can stand up for themselves. We’re going to teach our kids to believe in themselves.”
The Quote That Made Us Believe the Taylor-Kanye Feud Is Officially Over
“If I had a daughter at that time, would I have gone on stage and grabbed the mic from someone else’s [hand]? I do fight for artists, but in that fight I was disrespectful to artists.”
“I didn’t know how to say the right thing, the perfect thing. I sat at the Grammys and saw Justin Timberlake and CeeLo lose I was thinking like, he deserved to win Album of the Year.”
The Quote That Proves He, Too, Rethinks Fashion Choices
“I think if I had to do it all over again, what would I have done? Would I have worn a leather shirt?”
The Quote We Want to Stitch on a Pillow
“I will die for the art, for what I believe in.”
The Quote That Made Us Wonder If Kanye West Can Read Minds
“Y’all might be thinking right now, ‘I wonder, did he smoke something before he came out here?’ The answer is yes; I rolled up a little something. I knocked the edge off.”
The Quote That Made Us Question Everything
“And yes, as you probably could have guessed from this moment, I have decided in 2020 to run for president.”
The Quote That Practically Forced Us to Start a Drinking Game
Trick category, considering every other sentence ended in “brah.” (Make sure you’re not driving.)