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Kanye West To Perform At MTV VMAs, Ends His 'Boycott'

Well, there goes the boycott. A year after vowing never to perform at the MTV Video Music Awards again, it's been announced hip-hop star Kanye West will close out the show's 25th annual ceremony.

Last year, West threw a temper tantrum in front of media backstage as the awards show was ending, after he had been shut out of all five categories he was nominated in.

He was also upset that his performance was relegated to a small stage in the Las Vegas venue, instead of in front of the cameras: "So why do you have me do 'Stronger' in a suite, but you end the show with Justin (Timberlake)?," he said. "I really made the song 'Stronger,' you know, for stadiums."

He even accused MTV of exploiting Britney Spears (photosBritney Spears photos) claiming they were "just trying to get ratings", and "they knew she wasn't ready, and they exploited her."

So while its a bit of a surprise, we're sure West was more than happy to drop his brief 'boycott' and take the closing spot he wanted last year.

And while Britney Spears is scheduled to open the awards show, the exact nature of her appearance remains a mystery: "She will be doing something so mind-bending, it'll probably make you want to start families with each other in a random, possibly Mormon, way," says British comedian Russell Brand, who is hosting this year's VMAs.

Brand also joked that there would be "a lot of virginity and lesbianism, let me tell you that, going on at the show" with Katy Perry (photosKaty Perry photos) ('I Kissed a Girl') set to perform Madonna's 'Like A Virgin'.

September 5, 2008 |

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