CHICAGO.Â Kanye West, theÂ rapperÂ who has become infamous for his emotional tirades afterÂ losing entertainment industry awards, today lashed out at The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation for failingÂ toÂ name him as one of its 2012 Fellows, the $500,000Â prizes that have come to be known as â€œgenius grants.â€
â€œTake a look at some of the washed-up nobodies and has-beens theyÂ give them prizes to,â€ West said to reporters as his entourage stormed the stage at the award ceremony.Â â€œLot of â€˜em look like the kids that the onliest club they couldÂ get intoÂ in high school was National Honor Society.â€
In 2006 West won several Grammy awards, including Best Rap Album, but failed to win Album of the Year.Â He flew into a rage and set off on a six-state rampage, destroying hydroelectric dams and refusing to pay tolls on turnpikes.
Later that year, when his â€œTouch the Skyâ€ failed to win Best Video at the MTV Europe Music Awards, West organized a squadron of mercenaries and invaded Poland, a violation of national sovereignty that some feared might touch off a world war or price increasesÂ at kielbasa stands in Westâ€™s hometown of Chicago.
In 2009Â West, who has compared himself to Jesus Christ and Moses, stormed the stage at theÂ MTV Video Music Awards during Taylor Swiftâ€™s Best Female Video acceptance speech,Â setting the stage for a nuclear showdown if he didnâ€™t win a MacArthurÂ Fellowship.Â When this yearâ€™s list of recipients was announced, West flew into one of his signature hissy fits, singling out Benoit Rolland, who makes violin bows.
Rolland:Â â€œWell, they donâ€™t use bows in rap.â€
â€œI donâ€™t know why he gets one and I donâ€™t,â€ West said angrily.Â â€œRap is way more popular than classical.â€
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