Kanye West became the latest recipient of the Visionary Award at the 2015 BET Honors on Saturday night, and he took full advantage of the platform, gracing the audience with a pretty loaded acceptance speech!
The rapper got deep, addressing everything from the overarching issue of racism in society to his wife’s late father, Robert Kardashian. The artist, who collaborated with Paul McCartney on his new song “Only One” kicked off his speech by telling the crowd about a meeting with Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan Muhammad Sr., whose reaction to West’s relationship with a “woman not of color” was “groundbreaking” and “special” for him.
The 37-year-old also took a moment to clarify any stigmas that may have been thrust upon him since he married Kim Kardashian. Since tying the knot with the reality star, the “Gold Digger” rapper apparently has faced many jokes and criticisms about his wife “maybe” looking like one. “At the barbershop … I used to hear people always talking about, ‘Man you know when an entertainer get on, of course you know he gon’ go and get a white girl, and blah, blah, blah, and a white girl gon’ get a rich black dude,’” Kanye told the audience. “But I wanna say that my wife has dated broke black dudes. It got nothing to do with the money.”