Kanye West to Receive the Video Vanguard Award at the 2015 MTV VMAs

Kanye West to Receive the Video Vanguard Award at the 2015 MTV VMAs
Kanye West is set to receive the 2015 Video Vanguard Award at the MTV VMAs.  Larry Busacca/Getty Images for MTV

No one man should have all that power! Kanye West has been named the 2015 recipient of the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award at this year’s MTV Video Music Awards. 

The “FourFiveSeconds” rapper, 38, joins the likes of Beyonce and Justin Timberlake, who have previously taken home the acclaimed honor and gifted fans with lengthy medleys of their hit songs. 

“Throughout his career, West has blended musical and visual artistry to powerful effect,” the press release for the award reads.

In addition to his creative accomplishments, Kim Kardashian’s husband also holds a special place in VMAs history. In 2009, he infamously interrupted a young Taylor Swift while she was accepting the award for Best Female Video for “You Belong With Me,” besting Beyonce’s “Single Ladies.” 

Kanye West and Taylor Swift VMA
Kayne West jumps onstage as Taylor Swift accepts her award for the "Best Female Video" award during the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards. Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic

At the time he declared, “Yo Taylor, I’m really happy for you, I’mma let you finish, but Beyonce has one of the best videos of all time.” 

The pair have since reconciled and were spotted getting chummy at this year’s Grammy Awards. 

"I feel like I wasn’t ready to be friends with [West] until I felt like he had some sort of respect for me," the “Bad Blood” singer recently told Vanity Fair. "And he wasn’t ready to be friends with me until he had some sort of respect for me — so it was the same issue, and we both reached the same place at the same time." 

The 2015 MTV VMAs airs Sunday, Aug. 30 at 9 p.m. ET on MTV. 

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