June 9th, 2010
03:06 PM ET

Kanye West will return via BET Awards

An awards show appearance crippled Kanye West’s career. Can an awards show now help save it?

The beleaguered rapper is set to return to the public eye courtesy of the upcoming BET Awards ’10, a rep for the network told CNN.

“Guaranteed to be the biggest night in television, BET is proud to announce and welcome Kanye West to the stage; making this his first major awards show appearance since his appearance on the 2009 MTV VMAs,” a press release about the show says. “While West received much backlash and criticism following the VMAs, BET decided to give the multifaceted performer a spot in music history during its 10 year anniversary special.”

He is nominated for two awards, but no word yet on what song he will perform.

West has been creeping back into the limelight very slowly. MTV reports that on Tuesday he performed at three Chicago high schools as part of the Kanye West Foundation's third annual Stay in School event.

The BET Awards ’10 is set to air live on June 27 from the Shrine Auditorium Los Angeles.

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  1. darlene d

    @Stephon Johnson......right on!!! You said it best!

    June 10, 2010 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Stephon Johnson

    Um. How did the VMA's cripple his career? You do realize that according to Forbes, Kanye made $25 Million last year, right? (Even more than Swift who made $17 Million according to Forbes). People have reacted way too strongly to this situation. On the list of celebrity screw-ups, his is -2 on a scales of (1 to 10). Swift was already a #1 star in her own right before the incident, but she became a bigger household name after the VMA's (you CAN'T deny that). People I knew, who never heard of her, suddenly became fans of her music.

    And stop with the raicst nonsense. Kanye's not a racist. He works with white artists all the time and he usually sings the praises of White indie rock bands more than he does Black artists! Whoever is promoting that racism talk is probably a racist themselves.

    All in all, he'll be fine. Swift will be fine and we'll all be less rich than they are (lol).

    June 10, 2010 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Chris

    Music Lovers-you just gotta go check out this new songwriter/producer/singer on qtrnote.com...Type in search...Byron Keith...Preview..Purchase...His AMAZING 3 track album "The Story Teller" This guy will remind you Babyface, but with a harder sound to the love game. The tracks are brilliantly slamming and will touch your soul!!!

    June 10, 2010 at 7:45 am | Report abuse |
  4. TammyB

    Hopefully he'll put the bottle down for good and stay off the sauce. He's really talented and all that drama made him look totally creepy!

    June 9, 2010 at 8:47 pm | Report abuse |
  5. thehenderson

    I think he should stay behind the scenes as a producer. He obviously can't handle the spotlight. He is gifted and should use his talents for sure...just not as the main event...Speaking of gifted and talented, EMINEM ALBUM COMING 6/22! (Unless you already bootlegged it)

    June 9, 2010 at 8:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Really Now?

      One little out burst and now he should hide under a blanket? Get real man, he had a few drinks and got caught up in the moment. He still has great albums out and still has the support of his fans. As far as being the main event, who is going to handle that while under the influence. Like I said, get real.

      June 11, 2010 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Sean

    We've had the Academy Awards, Grammy Awards, and the Superbowl...But the BET Awards are "Guaranteed to be the biggest night in television". All I have to say is: Really?

    June 9, 2010 at 8:06 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Rob

    The first African-American President of the United States called him a Jack @zz........Classic! I wanna tune in to see the carwreck...lol I wonder if they are gonna breathalyze him on the red carpet? hehe Obama said it best!

    June 9, 2010 at 7:59 pm | Report abuse |
  8. DeeWA2010

    I am a Kanye fan. I thought the backlash was a bit much, BUT with that said, I also think he had gotten a bit full of himself. This time-out can only bring a new GREAT album. Like watching him debut Love Lockdown, I'm expecting to see to see something SPECTACULAR.

    June 9, 2010 at 7:00 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Kevin C

    – Be sure to remember the reason why there is a BET network in the first place... when it was started (and still somewhat today) there was not a place for Black artist to display their work. Just saying

    June 9, 2010 at 6:00 pm | Report abuse |
  10. jcol

    I wander what would happen if a white country star ripped a microphone from Jennifer Hudson's hands and then showed up for his Awards on the White Entertainment Channel. People would march the streets and protest for years. Somehow it has become acceptable for Black stars to do what ever they want and everyones too afraid to say anything.

    June 9, 2010 at 5:55 pm | Report abuse |
  11. GeoB

    I'm still waiting for the WET Awards Show

    June 9, 2010 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kevin C

      – Be sure to remember the reason why there is a BET network in the first place... when it was started (and still somewhat today) there was not a place for Black artist to display their work. Just saying

      June 9, 2010 at 6:01 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Ddon

    what in hell do you mean by crippled his career. he took a break, cos he needed to figure out stuff, crippled? he was producing for everybody during this "cripled session" including himself. he was way back before the bet awards, please check your facts before.. "cripled" damn.

    you are right in saying back for awards though, this is first award show since well....

    June 9, 2010 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Mary

    Good for him and BET. He is a great artist and I would love to see him perform again.

    June 9, 2010 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • A Day



      June 10, 2010 at 5:15 am | Report abuse |
    • No idea what you said

      A Day... first get A Brain... then get your fingers off the shift and/or caps buttons.

      June 10, 2010 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |
  14. lol

    Figures it would be the BET awards... where else would Taylor Swift NOT be?

    June 9, 2010 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |

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