Kanye West Says He Will Run for U.S. President in 2020

Kanye West has announced that he will run for president of the United States in 2020 during a speech at the MTV Video Music Awards in Los Angeles on Sunday.

West had been presented a Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award by a former victim of his unpredictable personality, Taylor Swift, who he had interrupted when she won a VMA award in 2009, before embarking on a rambling 10-minute acceptance speech.

He said that he had "rolled up a little something" before making the speech and proceeded to announce his intention to run for office. "And yes, as you probably could've guessed in this moment, I've decided in 2020 to run for president," he told the audience.

West spoke of how his attitude had been changed by becoming a father, he criticised the media and said that he would "die for the art, for what I believe in", saying that "the art ain't always gonna be polite!"

The show was hosted by controversial pop singer Miley Cyrus, who had courted criticism for her 2013 VMA performance when she "twerked" against singer Robin Thicke. This year, was not without controversy for Cyrus either. Female rapper Nicki Minaj accepted her award for best hip-hop video and proceeded to call Cyrus a "b*tch".

Minaj was angry about a New York Times interview with Cyrus last week in which the singer suggested that Minaj was jealous of her after the rapper criticised the lack of black female artists nominated for the awards on Twitter.

"And now back to this b*tch that had a lot to say about me the other day in the press – Miley, what's good?" Minaj said on stage. Cyrus, standing on the stage, replied: "We're all in the industry, we all do interviews, and we all know how they manipulate shit."

Winners on the night included Taylor Swift (Best Female Video), Mark Ronson (Best Male Video), Fall Out Boy (Best Rock Video) and Kendrick Lamar (Best Direction). Performances included Justin Bieber, The Weeknd, Pharrell Williams, Nicki Minaj and Taylor Swift before Cyrus closed the show.