In case you haven’t heard, rapper Kanye West doesn’t take criticism very well. He just might fling himself onto the floor, heaving and wailing, if you don’t mirror his self-love right back to him. His latest full-blown hissy fit took place at the MTV Europe Music Awards on Thursday, after they had the audacity to award the Best Video prize to somebody else.
As SF Gate reports, while winners Justice vs. Simian were on stage accepting the award, they were joined by an angry sore loser spewing obscenities. "F--k this!" Kanye declared on the podium. "[My video for “Touch The Sky”] cost a million dollars, Pamela Anderson was in it, I was jumping across canyons and s--t! If I don't win, the awards show loses credibility. Nothing against you [J vs. S], but hell, man."
He was escorted off stage, but that didn’t stop him from continuing the moan-fest behind the curtains. "That is complete [bleep], I paid a million. Obviously it's not all about the money, but the response it got transcended everything, it really made great TV. It took a month to film; I stood on a mountain; I flew a helicopter over Vegas. I did it to be the king of all videos and I wanted to walk home with that award.
And why, according to Kanye, did the other video win? "That was some spread the love bulls--t, 'Oh, everyone should have an award,' [later admitting he hadn’t even seen the winning video.] "Please press people, print 'Kanye says f--k that!'”
Well, since you asked nicely.
Kanye may have lost that award—news he clearly didn’t take too well—but he did win for Best Hip-Hop Artist. If there is a way to take back an award retroactively, I think they should go ahead and do it. Besides, Mr. Grand Canyon Ego will be lucky to get invited to any other award shows from here on out; I hope it was worth it.
A few true winners of the evening included Christina Aguilera (Best Female), Red Hot Chili Peppers (Best Album for Stadium Arcadium) and the Killers (Best Rock). Oddly enough, host Justin Timberlake came out on top, too. After Kanye’s outburst, he deadpanned, "Seriously though, I've got sexy covered, it's good to see someone's doing crazy."