12/04/2013 09:24 am ET

5 Celebrities Who Are Geniuses, According To Themselves

While complementary critics and doting fans may often refer to famous creatives as “genius,” the label is a bit diminished when it’s self–imposed. But, turns out Kanye West isn’t alone in this ego bubble … Who do you think deserves the title?

  • 1 Kanye West
    In a recent interview on Jimmy Kimmel Live, Kanye defended his artistic voice to a dramatic extreme. Not that the newly–named Yeezus isn’t brilliant in the arts of rap, fashion, and courting Kardashians, but his ego may be his most grandiose creation.
  • 2 Azealia Banks
    Azealia’s label of genius by association makes the cut because anyone up for the title of “premier avant gardist” must have a stroke of genius, right? After all, she’d be joining the ranks with Dali and Picasso.
  • 3 R. Kelly
    R. Kelly’s proclamation may have been a lyric in his song entitled “Genius,” but singing praise is an idiom for a reason.
  • 4 Alanis Morissette
    Alanis was caught saying this in a video of her writing and editing music. Though the declaration may have been in jest, it’s nowhere to be found on her list of what’s Ironic.
  • 5 James Franco
    In his own defense at his Comedy Central Roast, Franco joked that his critics didn’t understand his degree of creativity. Still, after struggling through his essays and art shows, it’s hard to believe that he’s only kidding.


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