West joins Drake and Best New Artist nominee Florence and the Machine as the first announced performers for the 2010 VMAs.
Kanye has appeared at every VMA show since 2004, winning Best Male Video in 2005 (for "Jesus Walks"), and Best Special Effects in 2008 ("Good Life"). The show will mark West's return to the VMA party after infamously crashing Taylor Swift's acceptance speech for Best Female Video last year.
In the year since then, Kanye has gradually reemerged in the public eye, appearing for impromptu performances in unusual venues, opening an instantly popular Twitter account and releasing his new single, "Power," and an accompanying video "painting." In an interview with Hot 97 on Wednesday night, Kanye played a new song with Beyoncé called "See Me Now" and revealed that his new, yet-untitled album would be out on November 16.
The 27th annual MTV Video Music Awards will be broadcast live from the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles on September 12 at 9 p.m. ET.