In the 11 years since the release of his debut album The College Dropout, Kanye West has relentlessly pushed boundaries in many creative arenas, from music and art to fashion and culture. After years of renowned MTV VMA performances—most memorably 2013’s “Blood on the Leaves,” 2010’s “Runaway” and 2007’s “Stronger”—Kanye has been chosen to receive the VMA’s highest honour, the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award. His name will be added to the prestigious list of previous winners including Michael Jackson, Madonna, Guns N’ Roses, Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake, to name a few. Pretty impressive.
But since we all know that Kanye isn’t very good at letting anybody except Beyoncé receive an award, we have to wonder: Will Kanye let Kanye receive an award?
To avoid any award ceremony awkwardness, we can only hope Kanye is practising any of these four classic reactions to allow for a controversy-free VMAs.
Look 1: The “Nothing Kan-break me into a smile.”
Look 2: The “Go Kanye! Go Kanye! Oh wait, they’re looking… act humble…”
Look 3: The “I’m a star, how could I not shine?” (Yup, he said that.)
Look 4: The classic: “Imma let you finish but…”