Chicago rapper Kanye West just won best rap album at the Grammys for his CD "Graduation." And when he got to the microphone, he had a few things to say. Big surprise.
Given his frustration in years past when he didn't win awards he thought he deserved, Kanye held his ground at the microphone as if he wasn't sure he'd get the opportunity again. Producers began playing canned music after he'd spoken for half a minute or so, but Kanye genly rebuffed: "C'mon, you gonna play music on me?" He kept going — talking about hip-hop music's creativity and chiding fellow Chicago rapper Common for releasing his album in the same year — and eventually added: "It would be in good taste now to stop the music."
Lo and behold, they stopped it. So Kanye continued, telling "Mark Ronson and Amy Winehouse, if I don't get up here for album of the year, you deserve it." Then adding: "I deserve it, too."
He ended by thanking his late mother, Donda West, who died late last year following a cosmetic surgical procedure. Earlier in the show, Kanye performed an intensely personal song dedicated to his mother, and he's got "MAMA" etched in his haircut on the back of his head.
"Mama, I know you're really proud of me right now," Kanye said. "Mama, all I'm gonna do is keep making you proud."
Oh yeah, there were tears in the crowd.