Kanye West — rapper, producer, fashion designer, current Taylor Swift fan — has added yet another title to his growing list of achievements: presidential candidate for the 2020 election.
The 38-year-old musician and husband of Kim Kardashian West announced his plans at the MTV Video Music Awards last night in Los Angeles, while accepting his Michael Jackson Video Vanguard award from none other than Swift herself. (No "bad blood" there, it seems.)
"It's not about me. It's about ideas. New ideas. People with ideas. People who believe in truth," West said at the end of his acceptance speech. "And yes, as you probably could've guessed by this moment, I have decided in 2020 to run for president."
Did we just hear a mic drop?
While audiences and media alike are still wondering if West was serious about his future political ambitions, the announcement followed some apparent soul-searching that had the father of 2-year-old North wondering if he would have taken the mic away from Swift at the 2009 VMAs if he'd had a child.
"If I had a daughter at that time, would I have went on stage and grabbed the mic from someone else's?" he asked.
(We're imagining a teenage North, and future Swifty fan, covering her eyes and saying, "No, Dad. No!")
Granted, West could have been totally kidding about his White House aspirations. After all, he also admitted to "roll[ing] up a little something" to take the edge off.