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Last Update on August 31, 2015 08:39 GMT


LOS ANGELES (AP) -- For a while, it looked like Kanye West was too overcome to speak at after being presented the Vanguard Award at the VMAs. But by time he left the stage, people were wondering if he might ever stop speaking. He did a rambling stem-winder of an acceptance speech -- starting out expressing regret for his stunt in 2009 when he snatched the mic from Taylor Swift's hand when she won video of the year. But soon after, he was ranting at MTV for showing the incident -- and having Swift present the Vanguard award to him. He was just getting started -- and later, he fessed up to why much of what he said made little sense. He acknowledged rolling up a little something before he went on -- to "take off the edge." He ended his comments declaring that he'll run for president in 2020. VMA host Miley Cyrus later joked that now the whole world knows what Kanye is like when he's been smoking weed.

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019-a-16-(Taylor Swift, singer, during broadcast)-"of all time (applause)"-Taylor Swift brings up Kanye West's interruption of her acceptance speech as she introduces him as the Vanguard Artist at this year's VMAs. COURTESY: MTV (mandatory on-air credit) (31 Aug 2015)

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020-a-15-(Miley Cyrus, host, MTV Video Music Awards, during broadcast)-"I got notes"-Miley Cyrus jokes about Kanye West's rambling speech accepting the Vanguard Award at the VMAs. (West ackowledged smoking pot before his comments) ((Note: The profanity in the cut was muted by MTV)) COURTESY: MTV (mandatory on-air credit) (31 Aug 2015)

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015-a-13-(Kanye West, rapper, accepting Vanguard Award during VMAs broadcast)-"run for president (cheers)"-Kanye West says he's running for president - soon. COURTESY: MTV ((mandatory on-air credit)) (31 Aug 2015)

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013-a-12-(Kanye West, rapper, accepting Vanguard Award during VMAs broadcast)-"the edge off (applause)"-Kanye West acknowledges he smoked pot before coming on stage to make a rambling acceptance speech for his Vanguard award. COURTESY: MTV ((mandatory on-air credit)) (31 Aug 2015)

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014-a-10-(Kanye West, rapper, accepting Vanguard Award during VMAs broadcast)-"like me more"-Kanye West says he doesn't get the idea behind awards shows, where artists are pitted against each other and declared winners and losers. COURTESY: MTV ((mandatory on-air credit)) (31 Aug 2015)

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LOS ANGELES (AP) -- If you watched the VMAs on the West Coast, you probably missed what folks who saw the show live did: Miley Cyrus' breast. Cyrus had a nipple slip late in the show as she appeared on camera trying to do a vocal transition from an award to a commercial. She was supposed to be partially hidden behind a curtain -- but her mic was off. When a stagehand tried to get her a working one, her breast was briefly exposed. Cyrus was heard asking if her "tit" was showing. MTV says it would cut the wardrobe malfunction from later airings of the show -- and for all repeats to come.


LOS ANGELES (AP) -- It wasn't a kiss -- but a diss -- that marked Miley Cyrus' night at the VMAs. Nicki Minaj has been hot at her ever since Cyrus suggested Minaj was a poor sport because she complained about not getting a nomination for video of the year. And Minaj got in her own jab at Cyrus when she won best hip-hop video for "Anaconda." Instead of tossing the show back to Cyrus, Minaj said: "And now back to this b---- that had a lot to say about me a lot in the press. Miley, what's good?" Cyrus seemed rattled, especially as Minaj kept yelling even as Cyrus tried to claim that her comments were taken out of context. A flustered Cyrus seemed to be speaking to Minaj as she mentioned losing the artist to watch award in 2008 -- saying: she was "fine with it" because it was "no big deal" and "just an award." She ended with: "Congratulations Nicki."

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Between Kanye pot-fueled rant, the Minaj-Cyrus feud and the nip slip, you'd be forgiven for wondering if anyone made news for actually, you know, winning an award at the VMAs. Taylor Swift did. She picked up best female video and pop video for "Blank Space." She also won video of the year for "Bad Blood." She noted all the talk about the video and what it supposedly means. But in accepting the award, she said she is "just happy that in 2015 we live in a world where boys can play princesses and girls can play soldiers."

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