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Kanye West -- who has kept a low profile since crashing Taylor Swift's acceptance speech during the MTV Video Music Awards last year -- opened the show with his new single, "Power," atop a "volcano" with a 3D storm brewing on the screen behind him. The outspoken hip hop mogul stunned the audience at the 2009 award show when he claimed on stage that Beyonce should have won instead of Swift for MTV's "Best Female Video."
Hip-hop's prodigal son is almost back from the wilderness.
Kanye West, the brash but talented rapper who almost destroyed his career by bum rushing Taylor Swift's acceptance speech at last year's Video Music Awards, is getting a shot to redeem himself with a performance on this year's program, reports the New York Daily News.
Word of the booking was first leaked by UsWeekly. Neither West, 33, his reps, or MTV have confirmed the reports. Other performers scheduled to hit the stage are Jay-Z, Alicia Keys, Usher and Katy Perry.
West faded from public view after his VMA outburst and maintained a low profile until staging a slow-building comeback this summer. He wowed the crowds at the BET Awards in June with a rousing performance of his new single, "Power." He picked up social networking cred with a visit to Facebook's corporate offices and quickly became a star on Twitter after joining the microblogging site in July. And after a recent episode of "Jersey Shore," West premiered the video that accompanies "Power," a lush, 90 second "video painting" that recalls the works of the Renaissance.
In a broadcast on Ustream, West said that he's considering making a longer video in the same, epic style.
"I always had the dream of recreating the Sistine Chapel in a way, " he said. "This is not the full creation because I still might want to do it, recreate the Sistine Chapel."
Humble, as always.
However, West does seem somewhat chastened by his self-imposed exile. Shortly before the "Power" clip aired, he took to Twitter to show his appreciation for being let back into the network's good graces.
"Thank you MTV for letting for putting POWER right after your #1 show," he tweeted. "IFEELTHELOVE!...and thanks for the 2nd I mean 3rd of 4th chance!!!"