It's several hours to showtime, but hundreds of people are already in place and ready to work the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards. While many are looking forward to seeing acts such as Eminem, Nicki Minaj and Drake, Kanye West's history of delivering high-octane, unique VMA sets makes his one of the most highly anticipated appearances of the night
Two years ago he closed the VMAs with a tremendous bang (literally, on taiko drums), when he debuted "Love Lockdown." In 2007, he brought the ultimate party in Las Vegas, as he and everyone lucky enough to be in the room with him donned those unforgettable "Stronger" shades. Of course, there was his thumping collaboration of Gold Digger" with Jamie Foxx in '05. And in 2004, he brought out Chaka Khan for his medley of "Through the Wire," "Jesus Walks" and "All Falls Down."
All of Kanye's performances share the fact that they had elements of surprise, a bevy of eye candy and a wealth of passion on the mic.
His rehearsal for Sunday night's show was strictly closed-door, so all of us are left wondering: What will 'Ye bring to this year's VMAs? Something special, for sure.
"Just given the pace that Kanye is running at these days — tweeting, jumping on tables, giving his fans a weekly G.O.O.D Music treat — it's dizzying," radio personality and journalist Miss Info said Sunday morning in L.A. "So, I'm hoping that unlike his detached performance of 'Power' at the BET Awards, his VMA performance is that interactive, having-fun Kanye that we love. Also, a li'l birdie tells me we'll be hearing something we've never heard before. So I can't wait. I just want non-apologetic, in-your-face rap!"
West tweeted about how exhilarated he felt on Sunday morning. "I wish my mom was here, but I know she's looking down," he wrote. "I want to make her so happy today.
" #VMAs tonight!" he wrote in another post. "I still feel the adrenaline... WWMJD!"
In one of his earlier posts, he expressed fond memories of the VMAs. "I remember our first Award show and how hard we partied. ... We were so happy.
"It's funny. I can't believe it's been a whole year," he added. "But can't believe all that's happened within this year at the same time. Each piece of the performance tonight is slowly falling into place... I get so excited to do new things ... new energy. I can feel the positive energy ... I feel so blessed on this day."
Tune in tonight for the 27th annual MTV Video Music Awards, broadcast live from the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles! The party starts with MTV News' VMA Pre-Show at 8 p.m., followed by the main event at 9 p.m. ET/PT. You can still vote for Best New Artist at VMA.MTV.com (or text VMA to 97979 if you're a Verizon subscriber).