By Paul Cantor
Kanye West just shut down the 2010 Video Music Awards with an ethereal performance featuring some surprising guests. With an Akai MPC2000 drum machine on stage, auto-tuned microphone, ballet dancers and the latest addition to the G.O.O.D. Music family, Pusha T, Ye’ toasted “to the a–holes” (perhaps even himself) and stunned the crowd at L.A.’s Nokia Theater. Word is the chants of “Let’s have a toast for the a–holes, have a toast for the jerk-offs, let’s have a toast for the scumbags” continued well past Kanye exiting stage left for his dressing room.
The Twitter-osphere reacted quickly to the performance and here are a select few:
“Kanye. Smart performance, great record. Kanye. Smart performance, great record.” — @clighty
“They’re singing “let’s have a toast to the assholes!!!” in @kanyewest’s dressingroom. Great moment.” — @ShaheemReid
“Kanye’s performance would’ve been a lot more interesting if @taylorswift had gone up and interrupted him.” — @BonnieMcKeee
“Made a beat on stage, had mad gold chains on, toasted to the douche bags then brought out @Pusha_T #killerness @kanyewest.” — @GetFamiliar
“The moment was dope but I’m not sipping the Kool-Aid on that Kanye song just yet. #VMAs” — @Aqua174
“If you’re hating on Kanye right now, you just don’t get art. And you probably never will. #VMAs” — @ZSylvester
“Let’s have a toast for the church hoes” is a line for the ages.” — @jozenc
“That’s gotta be the new jersey shore theme song.” — @DJ_GREENLANTERN
“Isn’t it every little girl’s dream to starve herself and train for 15 years so she can ballet-dance to Kanye singing about douchebags? #VMAs” — @ditzkoff
“Seriously I’m gonna be Kanye for Halloween.” — @choitotheworld
“Kanye is awesome!” — @RealWizKhalifa
“Pusha T is about to get the look of his life tonight at the VMAs with help from Kanye To The. #fearofgod #goodsunday” — @ILLIONAIRE
“Kanye is making me want that T-Pain iPhone app.” — @angelayee
“There is an MPC, @kanyewest and @PUSHA_T on the VMA stage. Makes me proud to be apart of hip-hop!” — @XXLStaff
What did you think of Kanye’s “toast to the a–holes” performance? Were you singing along at home? Tell us in a comment below!
The Moonmen have all been handed out and the stars have gone home, but there’s plenty of 2010 MTV Video Music Awards news, interviews, behind-the-scenes scoop, party reports and more still to come, so keep it locked on MTVNews.com.