Kanye West and the 9 Other Biggest Egos in Music
Whether or not Kanye West is his generation's defining voice, and he has claimed, it's clear that he definitely has its biggest ego.
"I realize that my place and position in history is that I will go down as the voice of this generation, of this decade, I will be the loudest voice," he once said in an interview. "It's me settling into that position of just really accepting that it's one thing to say you want to do it and it's another thing to really end up being like Michael Jordan."
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Then there was that time, via a since-deleted tweet, that he said he planned to "pick up where Steve Jobs left off." Or the time he dressed up like Jesus Christ on the cover of Rolling Stone. And of course, he complains loudly and publicly when he doesn't win awards.
Yes, we all remember when he bumrushed the stage at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards, but that was just to protest Taylor Swift winning over Beyoncé. He did the same thing at the 2007 MTV Europe Music Awards when he lost to French duo Justice, running onstage and shouting, "If I don't win, the awards lose credibility!"
Drake, meanwhile, is catching up to Kanye in the ego stakes, complaining just as loudly when his own Rolling Stone cover gets bumped for a tribute to revered late actor Phillip Seymour Hoffman.
But should it be any other way? Of course not. Rock 'n' roll is not about modesty. It's about being the loudest one in the room. If some stupid stuff gets said along the way, well, that's just the price of admission. Shoot the mouth off first, explain yourself later. Or don't. That's even better. Rock stars don't need to give any explanations.
Besides Kanye and Drake, here are the rest of the biggest egos in music history that round our top 10.
Any dude who can meet with world leaders one weekend and then have two 19-year olds sit on his lap the next has a big ego. Bono's life is dedicated to bigness. He sings big anthems, not songs. He's out to save rock 'n' roll and the world. He's not just a rock star; he's a messiah, at least to himself. And, yes, I'm a little jealous.
2. John Lennon