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So with the traditional December practice of ticking down the annum's best pop-culture contributions, no one's more pleased with his inclusion in year-end honors than the king of caps lock himself—even if he does just so happen to share top-billing on one of his prizes with, wait for it, Taylor Swift.
Awkward much? As it turns out, no, thanks to Kanye's blatant disregard for both irony and self-awareness...
"WOW...THIS IS REALLY FLATTERING... I'VE HAD SOME UPS AND DOWNS THIS YEAR, WELL ACTUALLY THIS DECADE," West wrote this morning in one of many blog posts thanking, well, just about everyone who paid him tribute, starting with Entertainment Weekly, which named College Dropout their album of the decade.
"JUST SEEING THIS COVER TAKES ME BACK TO THAT TIME OF MY LIFE. I REMEMBER HOW MUCH PAIN AND LOVE WENT INTO THIS ALBUM. NO ONE SAW IT COMING. THIS PROJECT WASN'T ABOUT ME, IT WAS ABOUT A TIME IN PEOPLES LIVES WHERE PEOPLE FORCE OPINIONS ON YOU AND YOU HAVE TO MAKE CHOICES FOR YOURSELF. WE LOVED 50 CENT BUT WE WANTED TO BE THE YANG. WE WANTED TO WEAR PINK POLOS AND RAP ABOUT BEING HURT INSTEAD BEING INVINCIBLE."
While he went on to send shout outs to those who helped him on the album, including John Legend, Damon Dash and his mother, he said his debut album was most inspired by Lauryn Hill. And though he's clearly not open to sharing the decade-spanning honor, well, is that a hint of humility we detect?
"THANK YOU FOR THIS ACKNOWLEDGMENT AND FOR PUTTING 'THE BLUEPRINT' ON THE LIST ALSO. I LOVED 'THE LOVE BELOW' AND 'GET RICH OR DIE TRYING' ALSO. THEY BOTH EQUALLY DESERVED THE NUMBER ONE SPOT IN MY EYES BUT THERE CAN ONLY BE ONE NUMBER ONE!!!!"
Eh, maybe not.
As for Swift, West and the country cutie were named Billboard's Top Male and Female Artists of 2009, a distinction that pretty much everyone not named Kanye has sensed the irony of. (Though Billboard certainly tried to force the issue as best it could by placing Beyoncé, creator of "one of the best albums of all time," second to Swift.)
While he did post a screengrab of the music rag's honor—with Taylor's peepers taking up the majority of the frame—he forwent posting any of his signature lengthy commentary (or any commentary whatsoever), opting instead to let the story somewhat awkwardly speak for itself.
He did find time to title the entry, however.
"WOW!!!" he wrote. "SOMETIMES I FEEL LIKE I'M IN A MOVIE. THANK YOU FOR THE HONOR."
The media certainly owed him one.
Have you heard? The media's found a new punching bag. Good news for Kanye. Really, really bad news for Tiger.