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!
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