Do You Think It's a Good or Bad Idea That the VMAs are Giving Kanye Free Rein?

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According to TMZ, Kanye West’s four-minute performance on the VMAs this Sunday will be filled with whatever the hell he wants to do—as opposed to, say, a request that he perform his latest hit or debut a new one, for instance, as we can assume many of the other performers will do.


I personally think giving Kanye a lack of structure is a conceptually great idea, but am a tiny bit trepidatious about the outcome upon execution. Worst case scenario: he does some minimalist Beecroft art shit with a gong a la his runway show for Yeezy Season 1. Best case scenario: a four-minute rant (LORD WILLING), freestyle, or something like his fantastic Brit Awards performance, with fire and every grime luminary around.

Additionally, if I were any of the other performers—including Rihanna, Nicki Minaj, Ariana Grande, Britney Spears, Ty Dolla $ign and maaaybe Bey—I would be pissed at the leeway afforded to this one performer and not to me. If the rumors are true and Viacom is in as deep shit as it’s reported to be, the only smart move here is to just go full performance art and let the whole thing descend into chaos. Or, since everybody seems to love the freaking ‘90s so much, why don’t they just have a slam poetry session for two hours. They’re supposed to be about the new power generation and the youth mantra right now is disruption!

Here are some other ideas for Kanye’s performance this Sunday:

-He cedes his spot to his good friends Jay Z and Beyoncé, who will perform the next track from their new collaborative album, Bih That’s the Tea

-Live knitting circle, except the knitters are on jetpacks

-Synchronized swimming!!!!!!

-Classic clown car, except the clowns are coming from a Tesla instead of a VW bug and the clowns are fashion executives who’ve told him “No.”


-Magic Mike ;)

-Debut performance by North’s toddler punk band

-Four minutes of live #SponCon


Jezebel will be covering the VMAs right here and on our Snapchat (Jezebeldotcom). They begin at 9 pm ET on MTV and probably every other Viacom cable property. This shit costs money!



I’m not a huge Kanye fan, but saw him a few years ago at Made in America. We had actually wanted to leave before him, but my roommate met this hot guy who convinced us to stay and I’m so glad we did.

He started the show in silhouette with a Swarovski full face mask, and then he was supposed to pull it off on like the third song and the lights were supposed to come on, and the lighting guys fucked it up. He stopped the music and berated the lighting people into the crowd like a maniac, made it all restart and just screamed “you try and fuck it up again and see what happens”.

He then also gave a speech about how he and Kim are the most influential interracial couple of all time.

But honestly, despite being a douche...damn was he fucking talented, and at least he wasn't boring? Arrogant, but a he put on a damn show.