Kanye West invited back to MTV VMAs

Rapper to perform at awards ceremony a year after he infamously interrupted Taylor Swift's acceptance speech

The MTV VMAs are gonna let Kanye West finish. The awards show will reportedly mark the first anniversary of West's infamous interruption of Taylor Swift by inviting the rapper back to perform.

According to Us Weekly, West will appear alongside Jay-Z, Alicia Keys and Katy Perry for the 12 September event. Neither MTV nor the rapper's spokespeople have confirmed the booking, but West has a lot to promote: a new single will be released in the next two weeks, followed by an "Avatar-level masterwork" in November. A "video painting" for his latest song, Power, debuted on MTV last week.

West's outburst at last year's VMAs was both the worst and best thing to happen at the awards ceremony. Taking the stage after Taylor Swift defeated Beyoncé in the best female video category, West wrested the microphone from Swift and declared that Beyoncé should have won. He was quickly chided from all sides (including by president Obama), issued numerous apologies, and after bringing the VMAs its biggest headlines ever, cancelled a tour with Lady Gaga and became media exile. Whether West learned his lesson or not, he only returned to the spotlight this summer – appearing triumphant, even giddy, at all the renewed attention.

His latest platform is Twitter, and West tweeted his appreciation of MTV in a message just last week. "Thank you MTV," he wrote, after Power premiered with a new episode of Jersey Shore. "And thanks for the 2nd I mean 3rd ok 4th chance!!!" Chance number five is coming right up.


Sean Michaels

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