At Monday night’s Webby Awards, which honor excellence on the internet, Kanye West was faced with a most challenging predicament. Per the ceremony’s official rules, winners must limit their acceptance speeches to five words, something that seems practically impossible for the typically verbose ‘Ye. (We all remember his Video Vanguard speech at last year’s VMAs, right?)
Much to his credit, though, Kanye gamely came through and delivered the understatement of the century: “I can’t stand short speeches.”
Kanye’s pre-taped “speech” came after a tweet-filled montage highlighting memorable moments that earned him the coveted Artist of the Year award. The Webbys pointed to “his pioneering mastery and use of the Internet to change the musical landscape” as reason why he deserved the prize, and that’s definitely a justifiable claim. Kanye’s The Life of Pablo became the first album solely available on a streaming service to top the Billboard chart, and he redefined the album rollout by live streaming its debut (and by continuing to edit tracks well after its release).
Meanwhile, Kanye’s wife, Kim Kardashian, was there to accept her Break the Internet Award in person, giving another hilarious on-brand speech. Truly, the couple that wins the internet together stays together.