(Kanye West acceptance speech for the GRAMMY for Best Rap Album at the 47th GRAMMY Awards on Feb. 13, 2005, in Los Angeles.)
Y'all might as well get the music ready, cause this finna take awhile. When I had my accident, I found out at that moment nothing in life is promised except death. If you have the opportunity to play this game of life, you need to appreciate every moment. A lot of people don't appreciate their moment until it's passed. And then you gotta tell those Al Bundy stories, "You remember when I …." But right now is my time and my moment thanks to the fans, thanks to the accident, thanks to God, thanks to Roc-A-Fella — Jay Z, Dame Dash, Gee — my mother, Rhymefest, everyone that's helped me. And I plan — I plan to celebrate. I plan to celebrate and scream and pop champagne every chance I get because I'm at the GRAMMYs, baby. I know every — I know everybody asked me the question. They wanted to know, "What Kanye? I know he's gon' wild out and he's gon' do something crazy." Everybody want to know what I'd do if I didn't win. I guess we'll never know.