When Lil Wayne found out he was named MTV News’ 2008 Man of the Year, he responded in typical Weezy-ian fashion: He wished everyone happy holidays.
To be fair, that’s not all he said, but it’s how he signed off in the e-mail he sent to MTV News, in between stops on his I Am Music Tour. He also thanked his fans and his pals here in the newsroom, and he promised bigger things to come in 2009, if that’s even possible. (Fans and detractors alike weighed in on his Man of the Year status here.) And while he was also plenty grateful for the honor, the way he chose to end his e-mail just struck us as being completely hilarious Ã¢â‚¬â€ something that could have only sprung from the wild mind of Wayne.
“What’s up, MTV News! This is your boy Weezy comin’ at you from the middle of my I Am Music Tour. I just heard the news about being named Man of the Year. Thanks to everyone at MTV and shout out to my man [MTV News Hip-Hop Editor] Shaheem [Reid] for keeping up on what we do,” he wrote. “Finally, much love to all of the fans. I truly do this for you! And we’re gonna keep it going in ’09, so keep checkin’ out MTV News! Happy Holidays!”
Wayne beat a field of contenders Ã¢â‚¬â€ including T.I., Nick Jonas, “Twilight” star Robert Pattinson and Kanye West Ã¢â‚¬â€ to be named MTV News’ Man of the Year, which is just the latest in an ongoing string of honors he’s racked up recently. (See whether Weezy’s fellow artists agree that he’s the Man this year here.)
Earlier this week, the MTV Hip-Hop Brain Trust named his track “A Milli” as the Top Hip-Hop Song of 2008. Oh, and there were the eight Grammy nominations Ã¢â‚¬â€ more than any other artist Ã¢â‚¬â€ that he picked up a few weeks back. What can we say, he’s had quite the year!