It was almost six years ago when Kanye West interrupted Taylor Swift at the MTV Video Music Awards, a move that affected his career in a major way. He interrupted Swift after she won the Video of the Year Award, an award 'Ye thought Beyoncé deserved and he made sure Swift and the entire world knew it. Kanye was shunned by Swift supporters and praised by many others; the backlash from his actions seemingly forced him to take a break from the spotlight for almost a year and it is definitely one of the defining moments of his career, for better or worse.
Fast forward six years later and West has released two critically acclaimed albums, a monster collaborative album with Jay Z, a G.O.O.D. Music compilation album, and has another album on the way. And now at this year's MTV VMAs, he will receive the highest honors the event has to offer: the "Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award." This award is a lifetime achievement award honoring an artist's body of work and their effect on the MTV culture. This award is a huge deal and it's an even bigger deal that Kanye has been able to come back from this blemish on his career to shine brighter than he ever has. He hasn't become any less opinionated or any quieter, but he's begun to use his platform to inform and 'keep it real' on more pressing issues that affect him rather than bring down any one individual.
Call it a comeback; Kanye West is this year's recipient of the "Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award" and I hope he does some dope 10 minute performance like many of the recipients have in the past. I'll be watching.