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Kanye West Announces He Wants to Be Elvis at AMAs

Kanye West left a lasting impression on the American Music Awards audience last night by proclaiming that he wants to be Elvis Presley. The rapper won for both “Favorite Male Rap/Hip-Hop Artist” and “Favorite Rap/Hip-Hp Album” for his third album ‘Graduation.’

“I’d like to thank everyone who accepted me trying to break new boundaries in music,” he said as he picked up his first American Music Award. “They say in any other industry you’re supposed to do better than the past … but when you say, ‘I want to be Elvis,’ they say, ‘what’s wrong with you?’ Well, I wanna be Elvis.”

Upon winning his second award, West dedicated it to Lil Wayne whom he beat in the category. West stated that this year belonged to Wayne, who released the double platinum album ‘The Carter III’ earlier this year. His acceptance speech was a humble departure from his more candid response to losing in the ‘Favorite Breakthrough Artist’ category in 2004. West vowed to never attend the awards show again after being “snubbed.” His new album ’808s and Heartbreak’ is in stores now.

Among other big winners were Rihanna, Alicia Keys, and Chris Brown, who snagged the coveted ‘Artist of the Year’ award.

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    Leslie Mann, Kanye West and Producer Judd Apatow at the Premiere of Columbia Pictures’ “Pineapple Express” on July 31, 2008 at Mann Village Theatre, CA..The Premiere of Columbia Pictures’ “Pineapple Express”.Mann Villate Theatre .Westwood, CA United States.July 31, 2008.Photo by Eric Charbonneau/WireImage.com..To license this image (15941869), contact WireImage.com

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    Leslie Mann, Kanye West and Producer Judd Apatow at the Premiere of Columbia Pictures’ “Pineapple Express” on July 31, 2008 at Mann Village Theatre, CA..The Premiere of Columbia Pictures’ “Pineapple Express”.Mann Villate Theatre .Westwood, CA United States.July 31, 2008.Photo by Eric Charbonneau/WireImage.com..To license this image (15941868), contact WireImage.com

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    Leslie Mann, Kanye West and Producer Judd Apatow at the Premiere of Columbia Pictures’ “Pineapple Express” on July 31, 2008 at Mann Village Theatre, CA..The Premiere of Columbia Pictures’ “Pineapple Express”.Mann Villate Theatre .Westwood, CA United States.July 31, 2008.Photo by Eric Charbonneau/WireImage.com..To license this image (15941736), contact WireImage.com

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    Leslie Mann, Kanye West and Producer Judd Apatow at the Premiere of Columbia Pictures’ “Pineapple Express” on July 31, 2008 at Mann Village Theatre, CA..The Premiere of Columbia Pictures’ “Pineapple Express”.Mann Villate Theatre .Westwood, CA United States.July 31, 2008.Photo by Eric Charbonneau/WireImage.com..To license this image (15941704), contact WireImage.com

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    Rapper Kanye West arrives to the premiere of Columbia Pictures “Pineapple Express” at Mann Village Theater on July 31, 2008 in Los Angeles, California..The Premiere of Columbia Pictures “Pineapple Express” – Red Carpet and After Party.Mann Village Theater.Los Angeles, CA United States.July 31, 2008.Photo by John Shearer/WireImage.com..To license this image (15941046), contact WireImage.com

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    Rapper Kanye West arrives to the premiere of Columbia Pictures “Pineapple Express” at Mann Village Theater on July 31, 2008 in Los Angeles, California..The Premiere of Columbia Pictures “Pineapple Express” – Red Carpet and After Party.Mann Village Theater.Los Angeles, CA United States.July 31, 2008.Photo by John Shearer/WireImage.com..To license this image (15941045), contact WireImage.com

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    Rapper Kanye West arrives to the premiere of Columbia Pictures “Pineapple Express” at Mann Village Theater on July 31, 2008 in Los Angeles, California..The Premiere of Columbia Pictures “Pineapple Express” – Red Carpet and After Party.Mann Village Theater.Los Angeles, CA United States.July 31, 2008.Photo by John Shearer/WireImage.com..To license this image (15941043), contact WireImage.com

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    Kanye West arrives at the Premiere of Columbia Pictures “Pineapple Express” at the Mann Village Theater on July 31, 2008 in Los Angeles, California..The Premiere of Columbia Pictures “Pineapple Express” – Arrivals.Mann Village Theater.Los Angeles, CA United States.July 31, 2008.Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage.com..To license this image (15940839), contact WireImage.com

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    Kanye West arrives at the Premiere of Columbia Pictures “Pineapple Express” at the Mann Village Theater on July 31, 2008 in Los Angeles, California..The Premiere of Columbia Pictures “Pineapple Express” – Arrivals.Mann Village Theater.Los Angeles, CA United States.July 31, 2008.Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage.com..To license this image (15940836), contact WireImage.com

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    Kanye West arrives at the Premiere of Columbia Pictures “Pineapple Express” at the Mann Village Theater on July 31, 2008 in Los Angeles, California..The Premiere of Columbia Pictures “Pineapple Express” – Arrivals.Mann Village Theater.Los Angeles, CA United States.July 31, 2008.Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage.com..To license this image (15940835), contact WireImage.com

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