Kanye West cries during Coachella set
April 18th, 2011
04:15 PM ET

Kanye West cries during Coachella set

"This is the most important show to me since my mom passed," Kanye West revealed, as a hush fell over the capacity crowd on closing night of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival.

In the middle of a powerful hits-filled set that also featured cuts off his current album, "My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy," the 33-year-old hip-hop superstar suddenly had a confessional moment.

"When I made the album, I was in a really dark place in my life...losing everything that was dear to me," he told the audience from center stage. "To still love me after everything you've seen me say on TV...to still have fans...I really appreciate you all tonight, because I'm only trying to say and do what's right."

"I'm not the best singer in the world," West continued, before talking about how it was the most authentic way for him to convey his feelings. "So many times I thought about not being here, but you make it all worth it."

If there's one thing Kanye West knows how to do, it's put on a dramatic show. In fact, he started the program by riding a giant mechanical arm high above the crowd. It deposited him on stage, where he was joined by a couple dozen dancers, who helped him illustrate his fall from grace and subsequent "re-birth."

Although artists he's collaborated with - like Rihanna and Katy Perry - had been spotted at Coachella over the weekend, West chose to go the solo route, tearing through his ample arsenal of hits from every phase of his career. He performed 27 songs, including "Jesus Walks," "Love Lockdown," "Heartless," "Gold Digger," "Stronger," and his recent tongue-in-cheek single, "Runaway" (which had the audience singing along to the lyrics, "Let's have a toast for the scumbags").

There were lots of fireworks, and the multitude of ballerinas and avant-garde dancers made the set feel like a piece of performance art at times - purposely discordant and unsettling. But the most poignant moments were when West was on the stage by himself, baring his soul to the full moon, the desert stars and 75,000 or so festival-goers.

His face was wet with tears when he finished his last song, "Hey Mama." Donda West died tragically in 2007 due to complications from cosmetic surgery. She was 58 - a former college professor who was also instrumental in guiding her son's career.

"This show is dedicated to you, Mama," were the last words out of West's mouth before he left the stage.

There was no encore.


soundoff (202 Responses)
  1. mylittlepony

    Aww poor Kanye sobbing like a little at his concert. Too bad Taylor Swift wasn't there to jump up on stage and mock him.
    Oh, I forget she has class!

    April 22, 2011 at 6:35 am | Report abuse |
  2. Mogugbo

    Hello – I ask question – Is this man Mr.Kanye West from West Kenya? I call my good friend Undugu from our village and we agree we never heard of this man Mr. West. I wonder if he play before at Gbagbo discoteque before it burn down in fire two years ago. Thank you for answer. -Mogugbo-

    April 22, 2011 at 6:02 am | Report abuse |
  3. MeMeMeMimi

    "I'm not the best singer in the world,"

    THAT'S AN UNDERSTATEMENT!!!! This guy is terrible!

    April 20, 2011 at 9:43 am | Report abuse |
  4. Marcos

    Kanye West is Very talented, although he comes off arrogant and harsh. He is an amazing artist and even better performer. I caught The Coachella Performance Via WEbcast on Youtube (thanks 5gum) and It was one of the best performances I ever seen and this is coming from a frequent Concert Go-er(Lolla, Coachella, Bonnaroo and Glastobury) He does act like Kid and Brat at times, but He is making himself into an artist that will be talked about for a long time.

    April 19, 2011 at 11:21 pm | Report abuse |
  5. javier

    kanye sucks and people who like him are morons

    April 19, 2011 at 6:29 pm | Report abuse |
  6. ScDiva

    So why does Sky have to be called a "Jesus freak?" So negative.....dang.

    April 19, 2011 at 5:43 pm | Report abuse |
  7. mofo

    Kanye is just a gay fish that likes fishsticks.

    April 19, 2011 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Pliny

    She died of embarassment.

    April 19, 2011 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Christine1234

    Team Kanye all the way. Love your music, been a fan since day one, everyone makes mistakes, and sounds like i missed an awesome show.

    April 19, 2011 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
  10. gimme a break

    Just pablum to keep the masses occupied while the socialists in the Democrat party totally screw this whole thing up. More important stuff going on than one more blak man crying!

    April 19, 2011 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • you're stupid

      And what's your solution to this problem? To come occupy your time whining on CNN entertainment?

      GET REAL.

      April 20, 2011 at 2:14 am | Report abuse |
  11. Nate DoggManure

    Doenst matter. ConYea is goin strait to hell.

    April 19, 2011 at 11:41 am | Report abuse |
  12. kurt

    Pinch a loaf Kanye! Squeeze it out!

    April 19, 2011 at 10:11 am | Report abuse |
  13. kurt

    The real question is what I want to know if he took a big steamy dump on stage live? It ain't a show unless he pinched a loaf.

    April 19, 2011 at 10:10 am | Report abuse |
  14. BradleyKC1

    Kanye is a great young artist, who needs to really think before he speaks.

    I think he means well, but doesn't or can't find or use the correct tone, emotion, or words to get his point across, without sounding like a baffoon.

    Kanye should team up with Chris Brown in some skooling on speaking, and actually sounding smart or having a point to get across.

    BKC

    April 19, 2011 at 9:56 am | Report abuse |
  15. EG

    While I agree Kanye is a very talented man, he is the epitome of narcissism and that alone drives me away from his music.

    April 19, 2011 at 9:53 am | Report abuse |
  16. michelle

    Kanye is a great singer and it doesnt matter wat he's done in the past. wat matters is rite now. kanye has his flaws but hey who doesnt. im proud of him. =)

    April 19, 2011 at 9:53 am | Report abuse |
  17. Kanya is a no talent hack

    Earth to Kanye: Shutup d!ck.

    April 19, 2011 at 9:50 am | Report abuse |
  18. Mr.Lex

    People are still mad about what he did to Taylor Swift....jeez get over it. She still eating. At least Kanye is man enough to apologize and still pump out good music. Like to see you people do the same.

    April 19, 2011 at 9:49 am | Report abuse |
  19. boocat

    People pay to see this crap??!!! Sheeesh!

    April 19, 2011 at 9:16 am | Report abuse |
  20. jmarie

    It is always okay to state your hurt,shame & disapointments. However, we must all remember that although we are not all in the spot-light: we all have areas in our lives that need some correction & maintaining... Yes, it was unfortunate what Happened to Ms. Swift and disturbing to think that Mr. West reacted the way he did. He is not the first perp, unfortunatly there will be more celeb victims. Oh what a tangled web we weave.

    April 19, 2011 at 9:05 am | Report abuse |
  21. big

    It is really hard ealin with death, u really dont know what will trigger one of these. i am at the gym sometimes n i break down. GOD BLESS KANYE AND THE ENTIRE HEARTBROKEN AND JADED PLANET

    April 19, 2011 at 8:56 am | Report abuse |
  22. bezerkur

    kanye sucks just like most of the non talented so called artists in the rap world. so they can rhyme ebonics and steal music from when mainstream music actually had ppl who could perform live with instruments without singing through a computer to alter their voice. kanye is a bigot also. trying to b some new age malcom x. in history the less civilized races however unfortunate were subjected to slavery NOT just the blacks. and not every white europian race was involved in the slave trade. which i might add wasnt a commando operation where they just went to africa and took them by force. coffee, sugar, and other unknown commodities were used to barter for the unwanted. true their treatment was inhumane and brutal but that was a different time and politics was religion and religion is behind most if not all of conflicts of that time and prior. sorry kanye if im not moved by ur crocodile tears. i dont respect u in the least and ur time in the sun is comming to a close. your nothing special and your political rhetoric will be your downfall. you will be just another mc hammer. "word up coz"

    April 19, 2011 at 7:47 am | Report abuse |
  23. Sardukar

    Check out the girls in the background...whats missing is me....

    April 19, 2011 at 7:27 am | Report abuse |
  24. gimme a break

    Just a shameless attempt to fool people into thinking he has changed. Sorry yer mom is dead, but I still don't like your "music". If we outlawed sampling aand auto-tune, most of these hacks would be workin at McDonald's!

    April 19, 2011 at 6:39 am | Report abuse |
  25. tory

    I dont see the big deal about the taylor swift thing. ya he shouldnt have done it, but for petes sakes get over it. taylor makes a song about it a year later.. really woman up this isnt gonna be the hardest thing uve ever had to go through . and the mans mom had just died cut him some slack

    April 19, 2011 at 6:36 am | Report abuse |
  26. bill

    I wonder what his mother would have throught of her son when he abused Taylor Swift on TV?

    That he was a jacka____ ?

    It is too bad about his mother. He is still a jerk

    April 19, 2011 at 6:25 am | Report abuse |
  27. Marilyn

    I really don't understand why anyone would listen to this guy.

    April 19, 2011 at 6:14 am | Report abuse |
  28. warren

    This racist, no-talent, drunken drugged out waste of space loves nobody but himself. He is a manipulator and will use anything he can to bring the spotlight onto him. When will this idiot's 15 minutes be over so we don't have to see or hear about him any more?

    April 19, 2011 at 6:12 am | Report abuse |
  29. Stephanie

    We still hate you Kanye. How pathetic is it to lose your mom over plastic surgery????

    April 19, 2011 at 5:48 am | Report abuse |
    • you're stupid

      How pathetic is it to be piece of trash? Let us know, please.

      April 20, 2011 at 2:09 am | Report abuse |
  30. Helmut

    Missed the concert but will pay good money to see Kanye sodomize Chris Brown and Chris Brown beat Kanye to a pulp!

    April 19, 2011 at 5:43 am | Report abuse |
  31. grcoop9

    @Brian. It's actually a picture of your mother, the young hot version. Not the dry old bag she is today, It's grrrreat to have an obsession!

    April 19, 2011 at 5:27 am | Report abuse |
  32. ucall tiat music?

    He is a jerk. The bs he pulled on Taylor Swift proved it. If the situation was seversed he would be whinning and crying foul. His music will go the way of the dodo bird. the concieted, self centered, talentless creep, hack that has the personality of a run over garter snake.

    April 19, 2011 at 5:03 am | Report abuse |
  33. Sarah

    Finally, Kanye is coming out of the closet.

    April 19, 2011 at 4:59 am | Report abuse |
  34. Grand Master Flash Cube

    cheese whiz never sleeps. Kangay go away.

    April 19, 2011 at 4:47 am | Report abuse |
  35. jill

    But really, Ohmylanta!

    April 19, 2011 at 4:47 am | Report abuse |
  36. jill

    Ohmylanta!

    April 19, 2011 at 4:45 am | Report abuse |
  37. Antipoo

    Kanye is just another dancing monkey. May he drown in his own blood. Amen!

    April 19, 2011 at 4:29 am | Report abuse |
  38. 412pittsburgh

    Kanye was great....most ppl have negative things to say about him because of his past, but guess what no 1 is perfect so why be judgemental... Ppl change!!

    April 19, 2011 at 3:43 am | Report abuse |
  39. wot

    God will get you for not letting the real truth be known!

    April 19, 2011 at 3:39 am | Report abuse |
  40. Beautiful Vixen

    @Ted Nugent..are you having the bad case of cat scratch fever? Maybe you need to stroke some pu$.$y fur with a stroke of your hand and you will feel better..lol. Just busting your crops but I think you got the joke being you are a Ted Nugent fan.

    April 19, 2011 at 3:39 am | Report abuse |
  41. brent

    HE sucks

    April 19, 2011 at 3:36 am | Report abuse |
  42. wot

    Remember EARTHA KITT at the Whitehouse!!

    April 19, 2011 at 3:34 am | Report abuse |
    • Eliene

      Dear Sue: I BELIEVE IN MIRACLES. I have faith that Ryan will wake up, and that all the hard work that Ken is doing in keeping his body in shape will pay off tmloendrusey. God hears our prayers. We don't know His timing or His exact plan. But we can have REAL HOPE. We do have to patiently listen to the lessons He is teaching us while we wait. I have to believe that out of this horrible tragedy good things MUST come. If ONE person who follow Ryan's story decides to back away from a fight instead of give in to their madness and hurt someone. If ONE person facing a brain injury gains some faith because of YOUR faithfulness in working with and loving Ryan. If the new treatments that will start help ONE other person, if ONE person has hope in the face of tragedy because of all that you pour out of your heart, it gives me a piece of joy. You are a spectacular mother setting a perfect example of what Moms do for their children. You are in my prayers every single day. Keep up the fight!

      March 14, 2012 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
  43. Dumb Republcian

    Wow a lot pathetic losers on this blog saying some really hurtful things, especially about his mom. You people are complete garbage, what a waste of human trash you people are.

    April 19, 2011 at 3:33 am | Report abuse |
  44. wot

    You make a girl shame in front of the world, you pay for it (blacklist) – You people of today would know anything about Eartha Kitt at the Whitehouse!!! FORGIVE him B@### People of AMERICA!!!

    April 19, 2011 at 3:29 am | Report abuse |
  45. Grcoop

    Keep hating on a man who showed a little emotion, real big of you all. Oh yeah, you hate him because he fulfilled his dreams and is living up to his potential while most of you are working 9-5, forgot what your dreams even were, and living to make your boss wealthy while you live check to check. So get some rest, tomorrow will be an early day and you better clock in on time or who knows what your fate may be. As far as Kanye, he'll be sleeping late on a pile of money and, oh yeah, he won't be clocking in unless HE wants to. Now, back to your pathetic lives, wow.

    April 19, 2011 at 2:35 am | Report abuse |
  46. Grcoop

    OK losers, heres your big chance to bash a guy you wish you were, but unfortunately your salary is on his wrist. Unbelievable hate for no reason, oh yeah, Jealousy. He's more talented than you losers could wish to be, so go to sleep, you got to get your butts to work early or your boss man will fire you, and ya know you haven't saved, so be smart. Kanye, he can sleep all day on a pile of money while he poops golden nuggets, he'll be alright. HATERZ

    April 19, 2011 at 2:29 am | Report abuse |
    • Brian

      Well thanks for letting us all know you have a huge poster up of Kayne in your bedroom and fall asleep everynight with his name on your lips as you drift off thinking about rolling in his gold poop nuggets and being his very special man/woman ......good to have an obsession.....hopefully he calls and you can make it real...

      April 19, 2011 at 4:24 am | Report abuse |
  47. Dougie

    G–You're a gullible tool

    April 19, 2011 at 1:52 am | Report abuse |
  48. G

    Kanye has talent undeniable!!! It's like Michael Jackson who was a totally different person on stage but some had question about his lifestyle as well. MJ was awesome btw... My point is Kaye loved and respected his mother there is nothing any critic of his has to say. R.I.P. Ms. West

    April 19, 2011 at 1:48 am | Report abuse |
  49. awason92

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PXpdHntuIHY

    April 19, 2011 at 1:46 am | Report abuse |
  50. Doug

    He SUCKS. The only ones who suck more are the losers who paid to see him.
    douglas.e.kentfield@smithbarney.com

    April 19, 2011 at 1:44 am | Report abuse |
  51. Dougie

    Kanye West is a punk and a thug. Mommy died from cosmetic surgery–fat knee grow troll that she was. douglas.e.kentfield@smithbarney.com

    April 19, 2011 at 1:42 am | Report abuse |
  52. Jesuschrist

    Best frickin show ever

    April 19, 2011 at 1:32 am | Report abuse |
  53. james

    Ok....now go away Kanye.

    April 19, 2011 at 1:23 am | Report abuse |
  54. Cartman

    Kayne loves fishsticks!

    April 19, 2011 at 1:22 am | Report abuse |
  55. Liz

    Kanye, your fans love you and all non-fans are too stupid to forgive mistakes and respect other's taste of music, keep it up. kanye king of hip hop

    April 19, 2011 at 1:13 am | Report abuse |
  56. iluvkanye

    Kanye is a musical genius. He has respect of some of the most influential artists in the game. I love Ye. People should be honored to witness his artistry.

    April 19, 2011 at 1:10 am | Report abuse |
  57. mudder

    He got famous & started losing his mind! His Mama dying made him lose his mind completely! Glad he's trying to become a better person!

    April 19, 2011 at 1:09 am | Report abuse |
  58. yesbutno

    Anyone who went to that brainwashing radio lfriendly garbage fest just got ripped off. You should have saved your money and went to a real festival. MAYHEM FEST.

    April 19, 2011 at 1:06 am | Report abuse |
  59. jamaal

    Really?? U saw him in the zoo? Why was he in the zoo? Cuz he's black he has to be an animal? Ignorant people. You should be ashamed

    April 19, 2011 at 1:00 am | Report abuse |
  60. albie

    The only thing less intelligent than kanye west is a kanye west fan

    April 19, 2011 at 12:41 am | Report abuse |
  61. e-kc

    What's up with the "Fall from Grace" and the "Rebirth" thing. It must be something going around in the Hip-Hop industry. Didn't Jay-Z and Beyonce say the same mess?? Our world is coming to an end soon!!

    April 19, 2011 at 12:39 am | Report abuse |
  62. amanda

    Kanye West is an awsome artist. Everyone makes mistakes, an I can tell u from personal experience that the loss of a parent is catastrophic. It affects everyone differently an until you go through it u can't say anything. Only God can judge, who are you?

    April 19, 2011 at 12:38 am | Report abuse |
  63. David

    they think they're the best dancer...

    April 19, 2011 at 12:38 am | Report abuse |
  64. sh!tter

    Kanye is a punk a$$ b!tch who can't write music to save his sh!tty manufactured career. Sure, he's had his moments, but all of his songs are just radio sh!t...no substance at all.

    April 19, 2011 at 12:37 am | Report abuse |
  65. ellen

    It was like a dream The Strokes then Kanye West :) From someone who was ACTUALLY THERE, the show was amazing.

    April 19, 2011 at 12:33 am | Report abuse |
  66. Gavin Ford

    I don't get why people like this guy. May have something to do with my intense dislike for ghetto hiphop. And he says he's not the best singer? That's because he doesn't SING!

    April 19, 2011 at 12:30 am | Report abuse |
  67. cindy

    Kanye West - what a nut job. His music sucks, too.

    April 19, 2011 at 12:19 am | Report abuse |
  68. Hilarious AmericansAlways

    Snoop Said about Kenye > "he should have his As* beat... so then here we see Kenny and a Clown Ted Nugent of the obsolete Metal scenes in Gangsta gangland agreement > There is no hip hop scene > there are only individuals >get it?
    No or course not cause you are gangland BORG mentality and nonsense to the world. What have Americans got to be
    angry about as they swagger about the world telling OTHER people what they should do? Hey... Kanye... that BUSH SHOE is what upset the worlds most spoiled GANGSTAS and their TED NUGENT Southern plantation agendas.

    Hilarious > what can WE LEARN FROM YOU? to ignore YOU... and your BORG mentalities.

    Hollywood is not the world and America clearly is not Egypt... A victim HOOD is the real claim and game of ALL America from the Tea party to the Military... ALL CLAIM SPECIAL VICTIM STATUS while living as Kings.

    April 19, 2011 at 12:19 am | Report abuse |
  69. Tom S

    Punk

    April 19, 2011 at 12:13 am | Report abuse |
  70. veeta

    True fans love you and follow you no matter what nobody is perfect. The only perfect being is God your mamam is is looking down on you and she is very proud of you. The ones pointing fingers just know you have three fingers pointing back at you. Love , peace, and. Happiness Mr. West
    True fan Veeta

    April 19, 2011 at 12:09 am | Report abuse |
  71. ted409

    kanye is such a jerk . it started with his insanity dissing taylor swift . t

    April 19, 2011 at 12:07 am | Report abuse |
    • HELLO

      OMG! Dissing Taylor Swift?!! THE INSANITY?! What's happening to the humane race? That we accept dissing someone as normal. It's a sure sign of insanity! OH MY!

      April 19, 2011 at 12:12 am | Report abuse |
  72. I just had to

    Everybody have made mistakes in their life,some tried 2 make it right,and some continue.Its not easy 2 b a star with issues and yet try 2 please the world.he is human,and he's just being him.life is short enjoy every moment.KANYE keep up the good work,kisses.

    April 19, 2011 at 12:03 am | Report abuse |
  73. Distribution

    Waaaaaaaaa... wa, wa, waaaaaaaa! :D

    April 19, 2011 at 12:01 am | Report abuse |
    • Raja

      Montoya:Based on my experience with OccupyBoston, you are alsbluteoy right about how COINTELPRO has completely subverted and crippled these movements.Do ya'all wonder why there are no demands yet? They have set it up so that 10% can veto anything and they keep the late night discussions going so freakin' long that 3 hours later (for a simple anti-war / bring our troops home demand'), 70-80% of the crowd has left, such that by then a dozen people are enough to block the motion for absurd procedural reasons.I tried to get involved in the canvassing, to help convince more people to revolt, and they basically censored what I could say: my own reasons for revolt (systematic child molestation, involving even GHW Bush, as evidenced by the banned movie Conspiracy of Silence ) were not acceptable to them: I was only allowed to talk about milquetoast leftist reasons.Can you imagine? A supposedly hard-core protest movement that helps the government censor explosive information. To add insult to injury, I'm told that I need to get the grossly dysfunctional General Assembly to validate my canvassing script, even though others don't need to If that BS assembly can't vote to demand an end to the wars, then they surely can't vote on something more complex like my canvassing script and its related banned movie.Well, I'm not giving up the fight, regardless: I still support OWS and its related sites, just like I support what's left of the legitimate Tea Party movement, but I'll spend my energies fighting this vile system of ours in other projects, since these ones have clearly been set up to fail miserably. I hope that outsiders will treat them with a bit of sympathy and pity: it's not easy dealing with the well coordinated actions of professional counter-insurgents

      March 17, 2012 at 1:36 am | Report abuse |
  74. x0

    are you people fxcking seriously? if you have lost a loved one, my sincere condolences, but how dare any of you mock someone, ANYONE, and minimize their emotion for tears following something dedicated to a loved one who has passed; would you want to be pointed and laughed at in that instance? uh, probably not. all of these comments, if anything, validate any alleged publicity stunt on kanyeezy's part, and if anything are equally or greater in immaturity than getting drunk & interrupting taylor swift, whom you probably don't give a shxt about anyway, jesus. calm down, little children, calm down.

    April 18, 2011 at 11:54 pm | Report abuse |
  75. }

    I went the zoo last week and I saw Kanye West throwing and eating his own poo. He seemed to be in a poo flinging war with another chimp. It could have been his twin brother too.
    Hard to tell.

    April 18, 2011 at 11:25 pm | Report abuse |
  76. K Leaf

    There's no crying in baseball and absolutely no crying in hip hop. Man up home!

    April 18, 2011 at 11:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • you're stupid

      Remind to tell him that when he's speaking and singing a song about his diseased mother.

      Really?

      April 18, 2011 at 11:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • yep

      You mean she died as a consequence of liposuction and mammoplasty. That's one of the risk of plastic surgery and other unnecessary procedures.

      April 19, 2011 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • you're stupid

      @yep So what? What are you implying? You're pathetic.

      April 20, 2011 at 2:00 am | Report abuse |
    • yep

      It's terrible that she died but she did not die from some terrible disease like you implied. She died due to complications of an unnecessary surgery. My mother passed away after cancer – 2 years of chemo, lost over 130 lbs, and was a shell of the women she once was. Did I go and seek attention and pitty? No. Kanye's mother was probably a very nice women, but Kanye is an a$$ bag who respect no one but himself, only does anything for someone else when it will benefit him.

      April 20, 2011 at 10:04 am | Report abuse |
  77. Kenny

    I still think he needs to be taken out behind the barn and have his butt whipped at least once a week just to remind him of who he isn't. He is only a boy wanting to become a man. I don't think he'll become a man until he begins to give of himself to others and right now he is not doing that.

    April 18, 2011 at 11:19 pm | Report abuse |
  78. madhater

    You might be a f@gneck if you like Kanye West cries.

    April 18, 2011 at 11:13 pm | Report abuse |
  79. lou

    i think kanye needed to be seriously humbled. it looks like he may have had a good dose. he needs to channel his energy better and use his head more. but america is the land of second chances. i think as long as kanye is willing to act like a human being his past should be left in the past and he should be able to write a new chapter.

    April 18, 2011 at 11:11 pm | Report abuse |
  80. Hubrisate

    He did this to get laid.

    April 18, 2011 at 11:03 pm | Report abuse |
  81. madhater

    @mica – kanye is about as white as they come my friend. pop times ten thousand for all the suburb kids around the globe.

    April 18, 2011 at 10:35 pm | Report abuse |
  82. mica

    The author of this article clearly isn't a Kanye fan. His tone of writing seems like it came from an old white man who didn't want to watch the show.
    Kanye is talented & he probably spent alot of money for all those dancers & special effects so people could enjoy his set.
    Furthermoreeeee how is this man supposed to get over his mom passing? Having a convo about Kanye with ignorant white ppl is irritating.

    April 18, 2011 at 10:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • you're stupid

      I beg to differ, listening to ignorant people arguing is irritating.

      April 18, 2011 at 11:38 pm | Report abuse |
  83. was there

    This report is inaccurate. He performed with two musical guests: Bon Iver on most of his new songs and with Pusha T on Runaway.

    April 18, 2011 at 10:20 pm | Report abuse |
  84. madhater

    God does this guy suck. people need to get back to the beginning when protools didn't exist.

    April 18, 2011 at 10:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Autotuners R Us

      No kidding. These days, anyone with an autotuner is considered talented. But listen to the vast majority of them try to sing without one, especially something like the national anthem that requires some actual vocal range, and you discover just how untalented they really are.

      April 19, 2011 at 10:28 am | Report abuse |
  85. don't want to RUNAWAY

    Mr. West,

    Thank you, so much, for making such gorgeous, innovative, honest, dance-worthy, tear-inducing, down-right PERFECT music. Your art speaks to my soul–as cliche as that sounds.

    You think you're awesome- you are.
    You think others are awful- they are.
    Your ego is REFRESHING.
    Your rock-star persona- something the world has been missing since the 70s.

    I can't understand how upset people are at Kanye. ... MJ (someone that i LOVE) quite possibly molested children. Chris Brown beat his girlfriend. R. KELLY peed on a minor! Kanye got drunk and interrupted the least important award show on tv... how is he so awful, again?

    and, for the record, GEORGE BUSH DOESN'T CARE ABOUT BLACK PEOPLE!

    April 18, 2011 at 9:34 pm | Report abuse |
  86. clt

    I like his music, he's a extremely talented artist. He lost his track after his mother death, is obvious he feels the loneliness after the lost of the one person who loves for who you are as a human being not because his money and celebrity status. Is my opinion his past erratic behavior is due to extreme sense of pain and loneliness, he needs to find true love to recover his confidence. Looks like he is on his way to be a better person.

    April 18, 2011 at 9:27 pm | Report abuse |
  87. animalluv40

    Kanye Sucks nd he should get an oscar for this not another fan telln us how they put him on a pedastel...he needs a disapear

    April 18, 2011 at 9:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • you're stupid

      We also don't need another troll with bad grammar telling us what to do. But hey, you can't win 'em all.

      April 18, 2011 at 11:35 pm | Report abuse |
  88. Myself

    Kanye West is a liar.

    April 18, 2011 at 9:09 pm | Report abuse |
  89. cartman

    Kanye kinte loves fish sticks.

    April 18, 2011 at 9:07 pm | Report abuse |
  90. Ugh!

    Wow...the last few haters are ridiculous. Did you all just wanted to have something to say? You just really wanted to do the "I'm Original/I'm a Leader Not a Follower thing." U all are irrelevant idiots. Kanye is an great artist. He's original, lyrically versatile, and his last two albums proves that. Even if your not a Kanye fan you have no right to judge his personal life.None of us can judge his character because none of us know him.People tend to 4get that.We don't know any of these celebs so why judge?

    April 18, 2011 at 9:05 pm | Report abuse |
  91. george bush doesnt care about black people

    Mike Myers looks stunned.

    April 18, 2011 at 8:59 pm | Report abuse |
  92. george bush hates black people

    End of story.

    April 18, 2011 at 8:55 pm | Report abuse |
  93. Drew

    He gets away with stuff cause he is a celeb...period! He is a great producer an average rapper and can't "sing"...oh and just because he said bush was a racist...yeah he said what a lot of people were thinking. Maybe not the best time to say it but it is what it is....and whoever said him mom deserverd to die because she had plastic surgery is an idiot!! Really? She deserved it??? Wow...

    April 18, 2011 at 8:52 pm | Report abuse |
  94. SKY

    FACT: " FORASMUCH THEN AS THE CHILDREN ARE PARTAKERS OF FLESH AND BLOOD, HE ALSO
    (MEANING CHRIST JESUS) HIMSELF LIKEWISE TOOK PART OF THE SAME, THAT THROUGH DEATH
    HE MIGHT DESTROY HIM THAT HAD THE POWER OF DEATH, THAT IS THE DEVIL" (Hebrews 2:14)
    "AND I SAW AN ANGEL COME DOWN FROM HEAVEN HAVING THE KEYS OF THE BOTTOMLESS PIT AND A
    GREAT CHAIN IN HIS HAND AND HE LAID HOLD OF THE DRAGON , THAT OLD SERPENT, WHICH IS THE DEVIL
    AND SATAN AND BOUND HIM FOR A THOUSAND YEARS. (Revelation 20:1,2)

    AND I SAW THE DEAD, SMALL AND GREAT STAND BEFORE GOD:AND BOOKS WERE OPEN: WHICH IS THE BOOK OF
    LIFE: AND THE DEAD WERE JUDGED OUT OF THOSE THINGS WHICH WERE WRITTEN IN THE BOOKS, ACCORDING TO
    THEIR WORKS. (Revelation 20:12) THIS WOULD BE NEW WORKS THE THINGS THEY DO AFTER THEY ARE
    RESURRECTED BY GOD BECAUSE AT ROMANS 6:23 IT SAYS, " THE WAGES OF SIN IS DEATH, BUT THE GIFT
    GODS GIVES IS ETERNAL LIFE THROUGH JESUS CHRIST OUR LORD". I CAN ONLY TELL THE TRUTH...KANYE'S
    MOTHER AND MILLIONS & BILLIONS HAVE A WONDERFUL AND SURE HOPE OF LIVING AGAIN.....

    ITS THOSE WHO GET DESTROYED AT 'ARMAGEDDON" WHO HAVE NO HOPE. (Revelation 16:13-21)

    April 18, 2011 at 8:43 pm | Report abuse |
  95. Kanye sucks...

    This guy is such a phony with fake tears.....This guy has such an ego that he painted himself as the face of adam and had God create him in is bedroom so that he can look up and see his face...This is so full of it.....

    April 18, 2011 at 8:43 pm | Report abuse |
  96. Alma

    Nothing but love for you, Kanye...you make Chicago proud!

    April 18, 2011 at 8:40 pm | Report abuse |
  97. mejazzbo

    Kanye who?

    April 18, 2011 at 8:29 pm | Report abuse |
  98. Ted Nugent

    Wow, lame. Btw, anyone who dies from getting plastic surgery DESERVES to die! Kanye sucks, his dead mom sucks and his fans really really suck.

    April 18, 2011 at 8:29 pm | Report abuse |
  99. Rich

    Too bad he didnt die at coachella

    April 18, 2011 at 8:28 pm | Report abuse |
  100. B lo me

    Kanye can fondle me any time!

    April 18, 2011 at 8:12 pm | Report abuse |
  101. Haywood Jablowme

    Lennon is roiling in his grave.

    April 18, 2011 at 8:06 pm | Report abuse |
  102. Evel Knievel

    That's funny, I cry when I have to listen to the cr@p he puts out.

    April 18, 2011 at 8:04 pm | Report abuse |
  103. dee dee

    He writes good songs, can't sing, and because of his name he gets away with whatever who cares who cares about what kanye does or anyone else. Doesn't anyone think about life in general its going to end were all going to die very soon so let let him prove himself to god not you. Worry about yourselves.

    April 18, 2011 at 7:59 pm | Report abuse |
  104. joe

    Kanye sucks

    April 18, 2011 at 7:49 pm | Report abuse |
  105. Okay

    How clever!

    April 18, 2011 at 7:23 pm | Report abuse |
  106. ProperVillain

    He must have suddenly realized how badly he su@ks! Welcome to the revelation that we all had years ago Kanye!

    April 18, 2011 at 7:21 pm | Report abuse |
  107. Genius

    my name explains kanye's performance, music, and approach to performing live.

    April 18, 2011 at 6:38 pm | Report abuse |
  108. Superhiro

    Lol oh please Shawball. Called the president a racist? Is that a crime or something? Who cares. "Disrupting" about 2 minutes worth of the VMAs? ZOMG, someone call the police! I bet you didn't even watch the VMAs. The rest of your complaints can almost be said of any celebrity. Kanye may have some issues, but he's nowhere near the point where he would even need a "second chance"

    April 18, 2011 at 6:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Shawball

      You make good points Superhiro. I am not on here to argue for the sake of arguing. I obviously do not like Kanye as a person very much......but believe me, about half of his songs get me out my seat. My problem with him is that he is very disrespectful......and he doesnt seem to have any consequences. And I understand this is a common theme among artists, actors, socialites, reality stars, the wealthy, etc. They think they are invincible. Breaking the law and getting away with it is almost more acceptable in my mind, because like it or not, money controls everything and you can "buy" judges......but when you are a public assh*le, and people still love you......something is wrong. Just trying to promote social order here, Superhiro.

      April 18, 2011 at 6:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Superhiro

      Ok man, I can understand where you're coming from, but what I don't get is why Kanye when there's so many other obvious targets out there? Honestly? Kanye's not that bad. He's outspoken, has no manners and he's arrogant, but at least he doesn't say... beat his girlfriend like Chris Brown. I mean my point is just that there should be like 100 other celebrities on your list to complain about before you actually get to Kanye West.

      April 18, 2011 at 6:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Shawball

      I agree totally. And they ARE on my list. I just happened to catch this article and thought i would drop a note on it. And just to clarify (not that it matters)......I have a daughter and just wish the most famous people out there, that she will inevitably clutter her room with posters of, were more responsible. High hopes......and I cant even imagine what my southern white dad thought, of my huge Cypress Hill sticker on the back of my windshield when I was 16. Vicious cycle.

      April 18, 2011 at 7:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Superhiro

      Fair enough man, and I understand how hard it is to get your kids NOT to worship these celebrities like gods. Wish more parents were able to pull that trick off.

      April 18, 2011 at 7:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • society_finest

      It is not a crime to call the Prez a racist when he is...FREE New Orleans!

      April 19, 2011 at 8:56 am | Report abuse |
    • Riyas

      that, permit me say to you what eacxtly did give good results. Your article (parts of it) is certainly highly engaging which is probably the reason why I am taking the effort to opine. I do not really make it a regular habit of doing that. Second, whilst I can easily see the leaps in reason you come up with, I am definitely not confident of just how you seem to connect the ideas which inturn help to make the final result. For now I shall subscribe to your position however trust in the near future you connect the facts better.

      March 14, 2012 at 12:51 am | Report abuse |
  109. @kanye

    HE REALLY DIDNT DO ANYTHING WRONG. MAYBE SHOULD BE A LITTLE EMBARISSED BUT NOTHING ELSE.. I BET EVERYONE HERE HAS DONE THINGS A ZILLION TIMES MEANER. PLUS PEOPLE MAKING FUN OF ENTERTAINERS HERE ARENT SERIOUS. WE ARE JUST HAVING A GOOD TIME.

    April 18, 2011 at 6:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Melly

      Exactly . That's a prime example on how simple it is for everyone to be the judge. We're going to boycott West for interrupting an acceptance speech while in the REAL WORLD people are doing far worse things. Please. His performace was awesome last night and that's all that really needs to be said.

      April 18, 2011 at 6:59 pm | Report abuse |
  110. Shawball

    Nice Kanye........reel everybody back in with your sensitivity, and then do something else outrageous and grandiose in another month to get attention when your next single sucks.

    April 18, 2011 at 6:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ash

      OMG someone who doesn't make mistakes in life?!?! Thank you for gracing us with your opinion, mighty Shawball.

      April 18, 2011 at 6:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Shawball

      No Ash, I am referring to a man who abuses his fame. He calls the leader of his free world a racist, he disrupts live awards shows because he kisses Jay Z's a**, he is a public drunk, he disrespects females, he treats people "lower" than him as if they were dirt, and then he goes on stage and acts as if he cares. He is a spectacular entertainer......but an immature man. We all go through tough times.....and most of us change because of them. Why does he get 20 second chances? Oh thats right.....because he is a pop star.

      April 18, 2011 at 6:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ash

      Kanye West was going through a tough time due to the recent death of his mother and called off engagement with his fiancé. Going through all that and being a "famous popstar" isn't easy either. As a human, I figuered you would understand that. I'm not making excuses for all of his comments, though. I also don't know what you're referring to when you say "he treats people lower than him" like dirt. And why can't we give him a chance to change? Because he's a famous pop star? I'm just saying, I don't think he is a bad person.

      April 18, 2011 at 6:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • we

      "he treats people lower than him"
      maybe him and his mgr beating up regular people in airports.

      April 19, 2011 at 10:07 am | Report abuse |
  111. Pam

    Keep moving forward, Kanye! There will always be haters and nay-sayers but don't let them break you! You possess an AWESOME gift in which only GOD can and has provided you!

    April 18, 2011 at 6:00 pm | Report abuse |
  112. Loved it!

    Epic performance! I have to see him live one day!

    April 18, 2011 at 5:35 pm | Report abuse |
  113. @wild stallions

    whats a stronger ?

    April 18, 2011 at 5:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • lil john

      It's actually called the stranger, you know, sit on your hand until it falls asleep ... Yeeeeeeeeeaaaaaaaayaaaaa!

      April 18, 2011 at 10:19 pm | Report abuse |
  114. Isaiah

    So no encore huh? So then what was All of the Lights and stronger for? Huh?

    April 18, 2011 at 5:24 pm | Report abuse |
  115. Michelle

    Watched the whole show live on youtube last night. Better than most concerts I've been to even live in person.

    April 18, 2011 at 5:16 pm | Report abuse |
  116. sherri

    Boo Hoo! He can not sing and was probablly faking the tears. Please go away.

    April 18, 2011 at 5:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • genie 4

      Please sherri u go away Kanye is here 2 stay!! Stop hating! Lol

      April 18, 2011 at 6:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chicomm

      Kanye doesn't need to sing. He's a he'll of a producer and rapper. Also you don't know if he faking anything. He's actaully one of the most straightforward celebrities out there.

      April 18, 2011 at 6:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Troll

      Dood is racist and gets mad when white artists win over him. But he makes catchy music so let's like him. Fishsticks

      April 19, 2011 at 2:19 am | Report abuse |
  117. Gloria

    Love you Kanye and wishing you the best always. Can't imagine your pain without your mother but God is still in control and you've got more work to do. God Bless

    April 18, 2011 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
  118. Nana Yaa

    "there was no encore" what are you trying to say by that. that was seriously unnecessary.

    April 18, 2011 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mr.$peed

      Ummmmmmmm.
      Sounds to me like they were saying THERE WAS NO ENCORE...
      What part of that is so difficult to understand???

      April 18, 2011 at 5:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • ursolame

      Yea that really was unnecessary. What kind of journalism was that?

      April 18, 2011 at 5:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Anna

      I don't think they meant it in a bad way. At least, I didn't it take it like that. I think they meant his last song and his last words were dedicated to his mother and left it at that.

      April 18, 2011 at 6:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • NowIKnowIDon'tHaveToCatchCoachella

      You're right Nana Yaa, what a hack! Yellow journalism at it's best. I hate it when the facts get in the way of a good story. What's with the comments about West being the highlight of the festival. If that's really true then I'll stick with Bonnaroo and scratch Coach from my bucket list.

      April 18, 2011 at 11:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • CoachellaDoesn'tWantYou

      ^

      April 18, 2011 at 11:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • mrpositivenews

      "Act 3", as he referenced it...WAS the encore.

      April 20, 2011 at 10:37 pm | Report abuse |
  119. tony

    SERIOUSLY, This was the BEST performace at coachella... In MY opinion. He put on one hell of a show, not even stopping playing hit after hit. It was one wild night for me and i got to meet him!!!! Props kanye

    April 18, 2011 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |
  120. mojo baby

    Kanye is the best performer in music right now. IN ALL GENRES not just hip hop. Over 2 hours of pure excellence, WE LOVE YOU KANYE.

    April 18, 2011 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • yep

      you obviously don't get out much. the guy has a terrible voice and listing to him try to sing without the help of a studio is painful. try going to a show where they actually play music and sing. they kick a$% for well over 2 hours all the time. LCD Sound System played for 4 hours at MSG. kanye needs to pull a dave chappelle and disappear. he would be forgotten about in less than 6 months.

      April 19, 2011 at 9:59 am | Report abuse |
    • PSUFOOL

      "right now" is not much praise.....do you people know about the hundreds of years of music that
      preceeded your pubescent urban pop.?

      November 30, 2011 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
  121. Anna

    The show was amazing.

    April 18, 2011 at 4:47 pm | Report abuse |
  122. lol

    As much as people don't like Kanye, he is very talented as an artist. I agree with the two positive comments above... he is slowly recovering.

    April 18, 2011 at 4:46 pm | Report abuse |
  123. Terrell Owens

    *sniff* That's my boy. *sniff*

    April 18, 2011 at 4:44 pm | Report abuse |
  124. Superhiro

    Sounds like he put on a good show, and it seems like Kanye's in a better place. Good for him.

    April 18, 2011 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse |
  125. Stouff

    Anyone who loves their mother is a good person deep down.

    April 18, 2011 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • mitch

      Cry baby big brat punk

      April 18, 2011 at 11:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • portalpunk

      What a pu55ie he is. Crying like a baby. He needs a slap in the face and some one to tell him he needs to act like a man and not little girl.

      April 19, 2011 at 1:00 am | Report abuse |
    • No More Tea For Me

      L O S E R!!

      April 19, 2011 at 1:02 am | Report abuse |
    • DURKA DURR

      hitler loved his mother

      April 19, 2011 at 1:54 am | Report abuse |
    • Troll

      Rebecca Black likes her mother.

      April 19, 2011 at 2:21 am | Report abuse |
    • Things that make you go hmmmmm

      It's too bad she didn't love herself.

      April 19, 2011 at 2:43 am | Report abuse |
    • Doug

      I read these remarks with amazement.. First, real men cry.. If you can't cry you have ice in your veins. Secondly, good for him to have the love and respect for his late mother. He has made several horrible mistakes, kudos to him for openly pointing them out and trying to correct them.. From what I see in many comments here is that misery is really not a good thing.. Sorry to see so many of you living in misery..

      April 19, 2011 at 3:18 am | Report abuse |
    • Brian

      @ Doug...A man crying openly for his late mother is allright....with Kayne however I doubt it is sincere...that pathetic creature makes his living off of drama and the manipulation of the media and those around him. He is as likely to weep over a dead squirrel as his mother if he believes the medis would look favoably apaun him...he is fake.

      April 19, 2011 at 4:09 am | Report abuse |
    • Kanye666

      Kannye Weat is just another Illumanati tool sent to decieve his fans...It's funny watchig him jump through their hoops after they took out his mother. That routine on stage has a different subliminal meanig..it is not HIS(kanye's) fall and rise he is celebratig, but the fall, and rise of Lucifer, and his angels when they were cast down to earth by the most high, and rose as the satanic demons that the Illuminati, and lost souls like Kanye and his fams worship. wake up people...do ot be fooled...Kanye is bought and paid for.

      April 19, 2011 at 4:18 am | Report abuse |
    • Smiggleese

      Yea, everyone hates on Kanye but if this was charlie sheen you'd all be on his nutz. Hypocrites

      April 19, 2011 at 6:19 am | Report abuse |
    • Displacedmic

      Yep, i love my mom. But i REALLY love your mom. Does that make me a GREAT person?

      April 19, 2011 at 7:05 am | Report abuse |
    • <3 Kanye

      @kanye666, you are weeeeird!!
      And I agree with Doug 100%. Real men do cry. Real men also wear pink! Kanye acts a fool but thats why we (his fans) love him! Besides his obvious talent. He's unpredictable. And to whom ever said something about charlie sheen.... Do I sense a race card being pulled?? Get a grip, NO BODY supports Charlie. *yawns* I'm bout tired of that damn race card.. Grow up.

      April 19, 2011 at 7:48 am | Report abuse |
    • snowwhite

      look, despite all the BS and shady things kanye has pulled, it does not take away from the fact that he is a VERY talented artist!! we all make mistakes and do stuff we regret. i think he is a very emotional person. and if you ever saw anything about kanye prior to his mom dying, you would have seen that he really loved and respected his mom. i think its awesome that a man showed some emotion. he also said in a recent interview that he felt partly responsible for his moms death, because he moved her to LA. i think ya'll need to lighten up on kanye. like some one said below, if this woulda been charlie sheen, ya'll woulda been going crazy. smh. i wish you the best in the future kanye!!!

      April 19, 2011 at 9:38 am | Report abuse |

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