Kanye West was introduced by Dame Dash at the 2015 BET Honors, where he was presented with a visionary award.
The BET Honors awards are filmed over a month in advance, and now with the instantaneous nature of Twitter and Instagram, it's hard to keep the winners under wraps for more than a matter of seconds. Thanks to social media, we already know quite a bit about Kanye West receiving the Visionary award, which like everything Kanye does, seemed to be a pretty memorable moment.
First off, it was Dame Dash -- who once worked with Kanye at Roc-A-Fella and has since trashed him in interviews -- who introduced Mr. West. He had mostly nice things to say, but did make sure to confirm that the two do not entirely see eye to eye, which made him a strange selection for the duties.
Jay Z, Kendrick Lamar, Common, and Kanye's wife, Kim Kardashian all sung the rapper's praises in a video that aired shortly after Dame's piece. Ye then took the stage, and delivered a characteristically colorful speech, touching on creativity, and making a joke about Kim's history of dating "broke black dudes".
Check out some of the tweets and Instagram posts that have surfaced from the event so far, and catch the show February 29th on BET.
"My history with Kanye is I didn't respect him as a rapper because I was around the greatest rappers....but he has courage." -Dame Dash— veronica toney (@vptwritenow) January 25, 2015
Creativity is a fight. You can't be the kid in the back of the room being made fun of. Get up and smack somebody - Kanye west #BETHonors— Antonio Williams (@Tony_Williams) January 25, 2015
"You can't be the kid in the back of the classroom w black nail polish. U have to smack the shit out of people with your creativity" -Kanye— veronica toney (@vptwritenow) January 25, 2015
They say white girls go out and get a rich black dude. But my wife dated broke black dudes. So it's not about the money - Kanye #BETHonors— Antonio Williams (@Tony_Williams) January 25, 2015
Dame Dash, Dash's daughter and Kanye take a selfie before exiting the stage. Will that make the taping?— veronica toney (@vptwritenow) January 25, 2015