Jay-Z, Kanye West & Lil Wayne Deliver Blockbuster Performances at MTV VMAs

Hip-hop represented in a major way at this year’s MTV Video Music Awards. While only a handful of artists actually won Moonmen during Sunday night’s ceremony, rap superstars like Jay-Z, Kanye West and Lil Wayne all gave blockbuster performances.

Jay and Yeezy—collectively known as The Throne—shocked viewers by arriving together onstage to recite their hit single, “Otis,” in front of a huge American flag banner. During their unannounced set, one excited fan tried to join in on the fun, but was quickly escorted backstage by security.

That wasn’t the only surprise Jay had in store for fans, though. During his wife Beyoncé’s performance later in the night, the pop star announced to the world through some choice lyrics and by rubbing on her tummy, that she was pregnant with the rapper’s baby.

Mr. West picked up an award for Best Collaboration for his hit song with Katy Perry, “E.T.” While accepting the trophy, he made sure to give a shout out to fellow nominee, Chris Brown for his Busta Rhymes and Lil Wayne-assisted smash, “Look At Me Now.”

Brown followed with a high-flying, jaw-dropping performance that included an ode to Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” and Wu-Tang Clan’s “Protect Ya Neck.”

Other rap winners included Nicki Minaj, whose clip for “Super Bass” won for Best Hip-Hop Video and Tyler, the Creator, who picked up an award for Best New Artist.

Weezy closed out the show with a high-energy performance that came in two parts. First the Young Money leader, who was introduced by signee Drake, showed off his softer side with a rendition of his Tha Carter IV single, “How to Love,” and then he stripped his shirt off and displayed his vicious skills as an MC with “John,” running across the stage in tight animal print jeans and colorful Vans.

As previously reported, Wayne’s long awaited album, Tha Carter IV, was made available digitally directly after the VMAs and is currently sitting atop the iTunes albums chart only an hour after its on-sale date. The physical CD will be in stores on Monday. —Elan Mancini

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  • http://www.almostfreebeats.com Zeeofafb

    With the leak of tha Carter IV, we’ll just have to wait and see how album sales do. Can’t say for sure whether or not he’ll do a “milli” again…

  • Mike

    Lil Wayne can sell 2 million albums 1st week. His VMA performance was pure SHIT. I was so ashamed to say I was hyping that performance to be good. Kanye & Jay-Z shut me up. Their performance shitted. SMFH. Wayne is gone for good.

  • TRich

    The Throne ripped that stage but Wayne’s song choices were disappointing. All that hype, the leak, and you give us How to Love and John? I thought he might do MegaMan or the Intro from the album, to give people one more hint of why they need the album.

  • fuckyall

    i didnt care for any of them. but i was just soaking in the otis beat and thats hardcore but all these other hip hopers cant shine and they spit over beats that are ruff . plus whats up with all these shrits being butten down. bad a nuff skinny jeans and tight tees came in to play but these mother fucks look like they want dick in there ass

  • Joel

    Wayne isnt even gonna go gold first week first off! Second He’s not on the intro so how could he do that! 3rd how the hell did tyler beat Big Sean and Wiz SMH

  • zherow

    Both The Throne and Lil’ Wayne sucked.

    Jay & Ye were too hype for their own good, so all it came down to was a bunch of yelling, mumbling and awkward movements (thank you, Kanye) and Wayne was running around like a short Black Capt. Sparrow. He threw down the guitar and the first thing that came to mind was, “damn, you mad because you can’t play it, bro?”

    Adele and Young The Giant had the best performances of the night. And while Bruno was good, they probably would have been better off getting Raphael Saadiq to do the Amy Winehouse tribute. Oh well

  • YM

    Haters will hate. Wayne will sell a milli. Life will go on.

    “anyone who has an opinion about me, just remember how insignificant your opinion is to the world.” -gucci

  • http://www.karanastic.com Karanastic

    Wayne’s performance sucked. Wish we would have gotten some Bad Meets Evil to outshine The Throne.

  • http://twitter.com/royalrxch rxch

    the dude who ran out was tha bro hahaha. ima have a interview/response up on youtube by the end of this week

  • http://detroitrap.com JT


  • Jizz Markie

    Chris Brown may be a douche bag but his performance killed. Kanye and Jay Z were shit, shiter than shit. I was embarassed for them.