It won't be his first time appearing at the VMAs, although it'll definitely be one of his most eagerly anticipated. Here MTV News recaps five other memorable times Hov graced our stage in the past 10 years.
1999: Run This Town
Just days before he released one of his most celebrated albums, The Blueprint, Jay-Z was already basking in the success of the project. The legendary lyricist donned a number 23 Chicago Bulls jersey with Carter emblazoned on the back as
2003: Meet the Carters
Madonna's kiss with Britney may have had tongues wagging, but the real steam came when
2004: And The Winner Is ... Hov!
The Roc boy was definitely in the house on this night.
2006: King of New York
You guys thought Mayor Bloomberg oversaw the city? Think again. Jay-Z introduced the 2006 VMAs perched 70 stories atop the famed GE Building in Rockefeller Plaza. The show was back in New York after two consecutive years in Miami. With one simple line and gesture, he made us feel like we never left. "Welcome home," Jay said as he put on his trademark Yankee hat.
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