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Kanye West
Kanye West

Background information
Birth name Kanye Omari West
Born June 8, 1977
Born place Atlanta, Georgia, United States
Origin Chicago, Illinois, United States
Genre(s) Hip-hop
Years active 1996—present
Label(s) Def Jam Recordings
Roc-A-Fella Records
GOOD Music
Associated acts Jay-Z
Kid Cudi
Child Rebel Soldier
Website Website

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Kanye West To Close MTV Video Music Awards

September 5, 2008
Kanye West To Close MTV Video Music AwardsKanye West will close this year years MTV Video Music Awards in Los Angeles, a year after vowing never to appear on the channel again.

West made the pledge in 2007 after missing out on all five awards he was nominated for.

He said at the time: “That's two years in a row, man... give a black man a chance. I'm trying hard, man, I have the... number one record, man."

As previously reported, Britney Spears will open the show but will not perform. Instead she has vowed to “kick off” proceedings.

MTV president Van Toffler said he would be “rooting” for Spears, saying that it felt like her year.

This years VMAs will be presented by comedian Russell Brand and artists scheduled to perform live include T.I., Rihanna, Lil' Wayne and Paramore.

(by Jason Gregory)

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