2 September, 2015 - NME.com
It has been revealed that Kanye West was originally scheduled to perform at the MTV Video Music Awards over the weekend.
The rapper was awarded the prestigious Video Vanguard award at Sunday's ceremony in Los Angeles, with the accolade presented on the night by Taylor Swift.
Following an eventual 12 minute speech that saw West declare his US Presidential bid for 2020, MTV executive Van Toffler has now revealed that Kanye was initially planning on perform a medley of his hits.
"I think part of the magic and the unpredictability of the VMAs is that probably no other producers in TV would go into a show not knowing what their biggest award winner was going to do," Toffler told Billboard.
"We decided to be open to whatever Kanye wanted because he’s given us so many moments—unexpected ones. So we weren’t sure whether he would break into song or not. We had a track—he would have rapped to his biggest hits."
Watch Kanye West's MTV VMA speech in full below.
Meanwhile, Rihanna has backed West in his run for office. The singer told Entertainment Tonight, "People are voting for [Donald] Trump; who wouldn't vote for Kanye? I’m really, really elated with his speech. His speech was incredible."
A representative from the White House also responded to the news. White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest told Billboard that he looks "forward to seeing what slogan he chooses to embroider on his campaign hat".