It's official: Kanye to perform at VMAs
August 12th, 2010
01:15 PM ET

It's official: Kanye to perform at VMAs

Updated Thursday at 1:15 p.m.: MTV has confirmed that Kanye West will indeed perform at the 2010 Video Music Awards. Drake and Florence + The Machine will also take the stage at the 27th annual awards show on September 12.

Kanye West might not have to steal Taylor Swift’s thunder to get noticed at the Video Music Awards this year. reported Tuesday that the rapper is set to perform at the 2010 MTV VMAs, but the network has yet to comment on the matter.

Either way, we’re hoping West does perform - if only so Swift can hop on stage and tell him that she'll let him finish but....well, you know the rest.

West’s “Power” video, or moving painting, recently premiered on MTV after an episode of “Jersey Shore," and his album is expected to drop in the fall.

Filed under: MTV VMAs • Music

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  1. Helen

    Kanye shouldn't of done that. It was very rude of him. He is a bad influence. I mean would you leap up in a middle of a very important lecture by the president and say " I'll let you finish Mr.President but I think that health insurance is more important than helping out third world countries!" Then shrug and get off the podium? Probably not. So Kanye, think about others before you criticize them and make them feel like cow dung.

    August 17, 2010 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Pearbaby

    Good Music is a matter of opinion. You guys can sit her and say Kanye sucks or Taylor sucks and you would all be right because they do suck to people with different taste. The point is that this guy got up on stage and interrupted another artist who had won and award. Weather or not she deserved it, again, is a matter of opinion and it was not the right place or time for Kanye to voice his. If some artist had done that same thing to him, would he have handled the situation with as much grace as Taylor? I think not.

    August 17, 2010 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
  3. malsings07

    Kanye bulldozed his way into the industry, practically made the record company give him a deal almost crying to be recognized and who is he to determine who should get an award? when he stepped to Taylor Swift – what an idiot! so let's see if he behaves this time.

    August 13, 2010 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
  4. richard

    boooo, on kanyooooooooooooo

    August 13, 2010 at 11:25 am | Report abuse |
  5. Martin

    Kanye West and Lebron James should have a contest to see who is the bigger narcissist. I only saw Kanye West perform one time – on Saturday Night Live and my reaction was, "And this guy is a star?" Talk about low expectations. As Simon Cowell would have put it, "It came off as bad Karioke".

    August 13, 2010 at 10:16 am | Report abuse |
  6. Mr.Speed

    Kanye!!! i'mma let you finish, imma let you finish in a minute but first I gotta say....
    Justin Bieber is much more talented than you and that ain't sayin' much!!! =0)

    August 13, 2010 at 10:15 am | Report abuse |
  7. jgrah

    Good, maybe someone there will be brave enough to run up right in the middle of his song, take the microphone and start rambling like a babbling idiot about another singing sensation.......and for goodness sake, it sure won't be him.

    August 13, 2010 at 9:00 am | Report abuse |

    Wasn't that him bustin' thru the box on "Ghettopoly"?

    August 12, 2010 at 9:31 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Juan Del Pueblo

    Kanye West doesn't care about you people...

    August 12, 2010 at 6:56 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Jerry

    I hope someone storms the stage while Kanye is performing and interrupts him.

    August 12, 2010 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |
  11. know it all

    if you dont like kanye~ dont watch the show!
    its THAT SIMPLE. Calling another person names makes you just as ignorant.
    kanye sells records.
    again, its THAT SIMPLE. mtv should have performers that the buying public wants to see/hear.

    August 12, 2010 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Kirby Marie

    Will Kanye just go away already!

    August 12, 2010 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Sandy

    Thanks for the warning. I certainly won't be watching!!!!!!

    August 12, 2010 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Beth

    Everyone in my office and all of my friends are boycotting the VMA if he's on. KW is a loser and needs to be dropped from the business.

    August 12, 2010 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Phil

    MJ was NOT a child molester. He was a child trapped in an adult body. Get your facts straight!

    August 12, 2010 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
  16. Phil

    Taylor and Kanye are both very talented in what they do, 1 thing differs from the other: Kanye doesn't know when to keep his mouth shut. He is out casted because he acts like a fool and does things that people wouldn't normally do. He's an attention seeker. Have you ever heard the words to any of Eminems songs? He consistently talks about people in his lyrics, but his beats are so tight that we overlook the people bashing. That being said, Kanye likes public attention. He wants to be in the headlines for days/months. To each their own. I'm not a country fan, but I do think Taylor can write good music. Her fans seem to like her and she sells out shows across the world. Kanye is very talented, but his actions get him in trouble and make him the bad guy!

    August 12, 2010 at 11:59 am | Report abuse |
  17. KANYE

    Remember how much people hate MJ before he died 🙂

    August 12, 2010 at 11:39 am | Report abuse |
    • @Kanye

      Still doesnt change the fact that MJ was a child molester. It's easy to remember the dead in positive terms, but MJ exploited and molested innocent children, he's no better than a catholic priest and should of been locked away.

      August 12, 2010 at 12:01 pm | Report abuse |
  18. LIZ


    August 12, 2010 at 11:38 am | Report abuse |
  19. eli

    all of your comments are stupid. i can't believe i'm reading this. whether you like kanye or not, he is still gonna perform.all this is a waste of your time...whether you are aware or not!

    August 12, 2010 at 11:02 am | Report abuse |
  20. SeanMALAYSIA

    You guys know what would be ideal? Kanya performs at the VMAs but everyone leaves the hall for refreshments or something just as what the judges on American Idol did when he performed on the show. He deserves no respect since he has no respect for others. Kanye has only himself to blame. His Taylor incident is one of many thus the total revolsion of him by many. It has nothing to do with race, religion or colour. Its to do with ones character and behaviour.

    We all have suffered from death of family members and friends. However, its no excuse for the way he behaved. I bet his mum would be turning in a grave for haviing a son like him and is counting the days till he joins her so that she can whoop his ass.

    MTV should go back to its roots... showing music videos... NOT Kanye of course.

    August 12, 2010 at 11:01 am | Report abuse |
  21. Akpor @411nigeria Gbemre

    Let Kanye be. He made a mistake and nobody including all ya is above mistakes. Starz are no normal human

    August 12, 2010 at 10:03 am | Report abuse |
  22. Teephphah

    Kanye's an idiot. Savant. Idiot-Savant. Poor kid's got NO idea how to conduct himself in public, but dang . . . as much as I love to hate him . . . my mp3 player stats don't lie . . . I DO like his music.

    August 12, 2010 at 9:33 am | Report abuse |
  23. Tyler

    Wooooowww, it's amazing how all you people sit behind your little laptops judging so viciously. My goodness, the man interrupted a speech at an awards show where everyone dresses like fools and gets hammered?? Blasphemy!!! Cool your jets people, or think about it this way: For every time you embarrassed yourself or did something stupid while you were drunk/tipsy did you lose your job? Did everyone in the nation call for your head? Just calm down, and for all of you waiting for his 15 minutes of fame to be over, the guy has MULTIPLE GRAMMYS (only the most coveted music award in history) over a span of 7 years. If this is his 15 minutes he must be living inside of dream inside of a dream inside of a dream.....

    August 12, 2010 at 9:31 am | Report abuse |
  24. JJ

    "Kayne" Someone should "Cain" his A$$. What does he have to offer? Racist jerk despite what Taylor Swift may deserve or not is not the point is it? Arrogant self absorbed morons like Kayne West are a waste of space. I could care less about his personal life. I'm not going to show compassion because he lost his mother... Get real! Just think if the roles were reversed. We would have al sharpton involved then. What a joke.

    August 12, 2010 at 9:31 am | Report abuse |
    • Tyler

      You don't care about his personal life yet you just make two mentions of things that happened outside of him making music?? Get real, if you didn't care you wouldn't have read this article and then wasted your own time commenting on it. I love how everyone thinks that how someone acts at an awards show or on television is an exact reflection of who they are as a person. You, my friend are the idiot. You probably think that Snookie passes for a hot girl outside of her show too...

      August 12, 2010 at 9:41 am | Report abuse |
  25. Nicole from Ohio

    Why shouldn't he be allowed to perform? That incident happened over a year ago, and, frankly, I'm sick of hearing about it. Taylor Swift, who is extremely overrated, only benefited from what happened that night. The media portrayed her as the poor lily white victim, and Kanye West as the big evil black man who hurt her. Please give this non issue a rest.

    August 12, 2010 at 9:20 am | Report abuse |
    • @ Nicole

      Ignore the negative people. Kanye made a mistake, and people do not need to forgive him nor does he need their forgiveness. He can't please everyone.

      August 12, 2010 at 9:23 am | Report abuse |
  26. Brian

    He is a racist pig biaatch and should stick to hanging out with the child molester R. Kelly. He worthless and if he lived in Alabama we'd know what to do with him

    August 12, 2010 at 9:05 am | Report abuse |
    • @ Brian

      Look in the mirror, you sound like a racist, too.

      August 12, 2010 at 9:15 am | Report abuse |
    • Mr.Speed

      "if he lived in Alabama we'd know what to do with him"...
      Hey man... that sounds rather neck(ish) to me and I live in Tennessee.
      You are making that old joke sound oh sooo true.
      You know, there is proof that the TOOTH BRUSH was invented in ALABAMA....
      Anywhere else it would be called a teeth brush!!! LOL.

      August 13, 2010 at 10:07 am | Report abuse |
  27. jgrah

    We can only HOPE NOT!!!!!! If he and his poor manners and idiot speaking is all TV has to offer then they should be the ones to just close down.

    August 12, 2010 at 8:12 am | Report abuse |
  28. Bucklez

    He will return, but he has lost all concept of music now and will be in over his head, and someone new is in the picture that is me.

    August 12, 2010 at 7:02 am | Report abuse |
  29. Kevin Smth

    A 7 year old article on " from around the web" , singers turned actors. That's all you have to post?

    August 12, 2010 at 5:03 am | Report abuse |
  30. Nicole McClarty

    Taylor wouldn't do that because she has class

    August 12, 2010 at 2:51 am | Report abuse |
  31. swensoma

    Kanye is an Idiot.

    August 12, 2010 at 2:50 am | Report abuse |
  32. TheTruth

    Kanye West has issues, and who wouldn't after tragic passing of his mother. But for all you People Callin him a Doosh and Saying he has no Talent and trying to boycott, What Crime did he do to get this Much Hate! You People are More of a Doosh then he is because some of your favorite artists have done way worse, and ya'll still worship the ground they walk on. If you Don't like his music, just say that, and get over what he did to Taylor, because she has, and she has become more famous because of it. I dont see you people BoyCotting Eminem who is a Drug addict, and talks about killing his Ex and Mother in every other song! You People are Racists, and God knows who you are!

    August 12, 2010 at 12:40 am | Report abuse |
    • actually

      People boycott Eminem also. There is no racism here; of course, if you were being sarcastic, that's different.

      People hate because it's convenient and easy to do. People spend their lives hating on someone; it might as well be a celebrity who makes more money than they ever will.

      August 12, 2010 at 9:25 am | Report abuse |
  33. Davon

    Kanye has he's a great rapper with talent but he is a complete ass and i dont care wat anyone says you should judge a an artist by his or her quality of work not by wat they do because its not your business. And those who talk about kanye fans need to be disgraced because you are judging a person by there musical taste just makes you look ignorant and prejudice.
    And more of DB bag than kanye im looking at you SK at least kanye was drunk when he did that your mostly likely fully sober and just being more of DB than kanye...

    August 11, 2010 at 11:31 pm | Report abuse |
  34. Tony

    Why would they even allow this jerk to attend?!?!?

    August 11, 2010 at 11:31 pm | Report abuse |
  35. Jo

    NO! He's disrupted everyones good time twice by being obnoxious and rude! I don't think he should be aloud back. He's to unstable with that ego.

    August 11, 2010 at 11:18 pm | Report abuse |
  36. eric f

    I'm so sick hearing about Taylor Swift and Kanye being a racist. She got even more money because of Kanye's drunk stunt. She should be taking her untalented tail to her knees and kissing Kanye's boots for the money he infused into her pockets. It's been a year people get over it . Kanye cut a new album and he's over it and I'm sure untalented ugly pasty MISS SWIFT has an album in the works as well. Get over it they did.

    August 11, 2010 at 11:13 pm | Report abuse |
  37. PraiseHellSatan666

    Kanye simply suffers from a disease known as Award Show Syndrome...or A.S.S for short.

    August 11, 2010 at 11:08 pm | Report abuse |
  38. JC

    Not sure how anyone can think he has talent.

    August 11, 2010 at 10:47 pm | Report abuse |
  39. kl23

    Lets not forget, he is a gay fish. He admitted to it.

    August 11, 2010 at 10:18 pm | Report abuse |
  40. Chari

    I hope not!! He was so disrespectful to Taylor. I hope he never comes back and if he is invited to any award shows then I will not watch. He is terrible. TEAM TAYLOR

    August 11, 2010 at 10:04 pm | Report abuse |
  41. JKSkins30

    MTV still does the VMA's? When's the last time they showed an actual video instead of airing brain dead programming that has no relevance to music videos? Pagging the year 1992.

    August 11, 2010 at 9:59 pm | Report abuse |
  42. Raul

    Kanye makes good music, he's outspoken a lot of times, but still he's still makes good music. SO HE SHOULD GO! LIKE TAYLOR SWIFT MADE AS MUCH MONEY AS HIM! But yeah he's kind of a what i hear his music not his crap...

    August 11, 2010 at 9:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • LOLatYou

      Taylor will without a doubt outsell Kanye in the long run. when both careers are over, Swift will most definitely have outdone kanye. "if you talk about classics do my name get brought up?" That'd be a no, Kanye.

      August 12, 2010 at 11:22 am | Report abuse |
  43. Rhymes With Crap

    I wonder what he'll be on this year.

    August 11, 2010 at 9:30 pm | Report abuse |
  44. pdwestla

    He is SO-A-DECADE-AGO!! Will someone please be kind and tell Con-yay he is over!

    August 11, 2010 at 9:25 pm | Report abuse |
  45. Joe bag o dounuts

    Who really cares? Find something better to tell us.

    August 11, 2010 at 9:14 pm | Report abuse |
  46. barbara


    August 11, 2010 at 8:55 pm | Report abuse |
  47. Daniel Troppy

    Of course he'll return network love drama and this is good for ratings... It's a very sad day in America.

    August 11, 2010 at 8:38 pm | Report abuse |
  48. SeanMALAYSIA

    Kanye is a disgrace to the music industry. He is arrogant, immature, irresponsible and has no musical or lyrical talent whatsoever. There are so many other artists both established and up and coming who can be picked to perform at the VMA's instead of him.

    I think Kanye is also a disgrace to every American and I am sure none what to be associated to him. His fans should remove their blinders and see him for what he truely is... A LOSER in every sense of the word.

    August 11, 2010 at 8:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Confused

      Um lemme see... Many, unnamed, actors/actresses/musicians can be heroin addicts, pedophiles, stalkers, and otherwise complete derelicts and somehow you can't seem to forgive a twenty-something impresario, who's produced so many widely enjoyed songs, that has recently lost the only real connection to normalcy and humility in his life?

      Interesting... somehow I believe there are a great many hypocrites posting unfair negativity about Mr. West...

      August 12, 2010 at 12:02 am | Report abuse |
  49. Nikki B

    Kanye is a lot of things...he deserves a second, wait, third, no's America! We love a comeback story! And about his comments to Taylor...his timing, not truth, was off! Let the man perform...

    August 11, 2010 at 8:23 pm | Report abuse |
  50. NoGuud..

    ..get dat ignorant, disrespectful, no good man out of the performance list.

    August 11, 2010 at 8:14 pm | Report abuse |
  51. mr. Davidson

    The classic primal charge was only natural,thats alright ,we're human we can deal with it.

    August 11, 2010 at 7:54 pm | Report abuse |
  52. L Thomas

    The show should be boycotted if they let him perform. He has little talent and even less class.

    August 11, 2010 at 7:51 pm | Report abuse |
  53. Rebbi

    Go for it, Kanye !!!!

    August 11, 2010 at 7:04 pm | Report abuse |
  54. Tevii

    Hope not... hes an over-rated, racist, arrogant ass.

    August 11, 2010 at 7:03 pm | Report abuse |
  55. neoanakinpotter

    This fan's wish: Kanye performs & Sasha Baron Cohen rappel's down from the rafters, (ala Eminem) grab's the mic & thanks Kanye for his song & dance routine but that he (along w/ the rest of America) thought Linsay Lohan's jail-cell toilet seat had a better album. Just could happen. Go Taylor!

    August 11, 2010 at 7:01 pm | Report abuse |
  56. Klark Kent

    Kanye West is a brute and glory hound with a touch of prejudice to anyone not black.

    He needs to fall off the planet

    August 11, 2010 at 6:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • SK

      Totally a biggot. He's so prejudice.

      August 11, 2010 at 7:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • TheLady85

      Um... Kanye's not a racist – his girlfriend is white! bawhahahahahahaha

      August 12, 2010 at 7:56 am | Report abuse |
    • Margie

      Haters, haters, haters. None of you would have anything to say if roles were reversed and Eminem did the same thing to Beyonce. Taylor Swift is the one with no talent and Kanye spoke the truth, even though the way he went about it was wrong. He will make more money in a year than you folks will make in a lifetime and that's what most of you have a problem with.

      August 13, 2010 at 8:12 am | Report abuse |
    • joe

      Haters? I don't think so. I don't hate Kanye (what the hell kind of scrabble name is Kanye anyway) I just think he sucks. But then again, so do Beyonce and Eminem. Your point is?

      August 13, 2010 at 10:55 am | Report abuse |
    • @ joe

      If I'm not mistaken, you don't use names of people in Scrabble.

      August 13, 2010 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • joe

      No, but it seems like black people use the scrabble game to make up the names they give their kids. Shake up the letters, toss them on the board, and arrange what you have to come up with some stupid ass name that nobody with six brain cells to rub together would ever name thier kid.


      Hence, scrabble name.

      August 13, 2010 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
  57. jayeb

    Despite all Kanye is a GREAT talent. His lyricalgasm is unlike others. If other celebrities can be forgiven for racist comments, beating up their girlfriend/wife, etc. then so should he. Geez he apologized. Strangely it was a messed up event but his outburst benefited Taylor Swift (never heard of her) , MTV (which has been struggling & doesn't even really show Videos anymore) & Kanye (which is why people will be watching this year – what will he do next).

    August 11, 2010 at 6:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chelsea

      He doesn't have talent. Anyone can talk fast, real singers sing.

      August 11, 2010 at 8:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Robert

      You want to praise a drunk?

      August 11, 2010 at 8:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • joe

      Rap and talent are diametrically opposed words. Kanye blows. He is a talentless dooshbag. Is it me, or in the picture above does it look like someone wrote on his head with a sharpie. Fricken jackwhipe.

      August 13, 2010 at 10:53 am | Report abuse |
  58. mejazzbo

    If he is there, many people won't watch the VMAs. He has no respect for anyone and deserves the same in return.

    August 11, 2010 at 6:46 pm | Report abuse |
  59. Greg T.

    Well then I'm really happy for 'him' so let him sit at home witj Snooki and watch the show from there! What a Jack-wagon.

    August 11, 2010 at 6:38 pm | Report abuse |
  60. Sam

    Waiting for Kanye's 15 minutes to run out any time now...

    August 11, 2010 at 6:32 pm | Report abuse |
  61. James

    They always forget the "I'm really happy for you" part.

    August 11, 2010 at 5:58 pm | Report abuse |
  62. Ana

    I don't think Kanye should perform at all due to the stunt he pulled. MTV should stick to their word and keep him banned from any award show.

    August 11, 2010 at 5:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • JE

      I hear ya, but needless to say, it's an effective marketing ploy, which will unfortunately sucker in more viewers than he deserves, from both lovers and haters. Who'd ever expect MTV to keep their word?

      August 12, 2010 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
  63. mike

    go away you stuck up inflated wind bag.... you need to get off that high horse... you think you are perfect...nobody likes you and nobody cares about your music

    August 11, 2010 at 5:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • not cool

      guess im nobody then as i LOVE kanye.

      August 11, 2010 at 5:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • SK

      Totally agree. He's a total DB loser! If he's on, I'm not going to watch the show. That Freakshow is so full of himself it's a joke.

      August 11, 2010 at 7:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • SK

      Yep, your a nobody then. He's a goon.

      August 11, 2010 at 7:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • ty

      Sorry SK...he's still gonna make millions and win awards even if you dont watch lol....arrogance is not a crime, stop acting like he killed somebody....

      August 12, 2010 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
  64. Rick

    zomg i LOVE Kanye West!

    August 11, 2010 at 5:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nic

      I hope he does perform and I hope he racks up awards for his new album. No matter how arrogant he might be, he's still talented and fans still like him. As for Taylor Swift, who cares, the only reason she's as popular as she is now is because of Kanye's stunt, so maybe she and all the people who feel like she was stepped on should be thanking Mr. West for propelling her talentless career to super stardom! At least he can perform well live, whereas Taylor Swift constantly sucks, remember her pitiful Grammy performance where she was paired with Stevie Nicks and could hardly hold it together to sing? That wasn't nerves, that was lack of talent!

      August 12, 2010 at 9:46 am | Report abuse |
    • ty

      i aree with nic

      August 12, 2010 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • vmaxnc

      I volunteer to go onstage and punch him repeatedly in the face WHEN he pulls one of his idiotic stunts. He needs to be kept in line, since he can't seem to figure that out on his own.

      August 12, 2010 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • MattK

      @NIC – Sorry to disappoint you, but Taylor Swift was racking up awards way before your Hero Kanye showed the world his true arrogant idiotic side and interupted her. If you like music as much as you pretend to, pay attention to other artists and the world around you...

      August 12, 2010 at 5:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rick101

      I think he should be banned even from attending.

      August 13, 2010 at 6:05 am | Report abuse |
    • sirays

      Wow, MTV has really sunk. You would think they would have learned from last year with this arrogant idiot. I remember when MTV used to play music now it's rap

      August 13, 2010 at 7:20 am | Report abuse |

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