Kanye West says his instincts have led him to “complete awesomeness at all times,” and August 25 will be no different when the enigmatic rapper, producer and creator takes the stage at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards, live from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, at 9 p.m. ET/PT.
On Monday (August 5), MTV announced that West will return to the VMA stage as a performer for the seventh time to deliver his Yeezus track “Black Skinhead.”
’Ye first rocked the VMA stage in 2004 with a medley of singles that included “Jesus Walks,” “All Falls Down” and “Through the Wire” all from his debut album The College Dropout. At the conclusion of his 2013 VMA showing West will tie Madonna for most Video Music Award performances.
West’s last Video Music Award performance was in 2011 when he and his Throne partner-in-rhyme Jay Z gave us a fire-filled rendition of “Otis” that included a ton of pyrotechnics. To celebrate ’Ye’s announcement, MTV Jams and MTV Hits will both run an hour-long video block dedicated to the G.O.O.D. Music head.
Yeezy will join Lady Gaga, who will perform a new single from her upcoming album ARTPOP, while additional VMA performers will be announced as the big show gets closer.
It’s sure to be an exciting show with Justin Timberlake and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis leading the nominations with six apiece, including a face-off in the Video of the Year category for their respective videos for “Mirrors” and “Thrift Shop.” Pink, Robin Thicke, Miley Cyrus and Thirty Seconds to Mars are also up for the special-edition Moonman, which was designed by Brooklyn-based artist KAWS.
And you can help determine who will take one home. Voting is now open in all general VMA categories — including Video of the Year, Artist to Watch and more — at VMA.MTV.com. In addition, Artist to Watch is available for voting via all wireless carrier subscribers by texing VOTE to 22444, or by visiting MTV’s official Facebook page.
The 2013 MTV Video Music Awards air live on Sunday, August 25 at 9 p.m. ET/PT, from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.