VMA Losses Spark Another Kanye Tantrum

The Associated Press
Monday, September 10, 2007; 10:38 AM

LAS VEGAS -- Kanye West says he'll never return to MTV.

The 29-year-old rapper, who was shut out at the Video Music Awards on Sunday night, threw a tantrum in front of media and crew backstage as the MTV show was ending.

West, waiting for an elevator in a crowded hallway, began yelling about losing all five categories for which he was nominated, including male artist of the year.

"That's two years in a row, man ... give a black man a chance," said West, stomping around his entourage and directing his comments at a reporter. "I'm trying hard man, I have the ... No. 1 record, man."

It was the latest outburst from West at an awards show. Last year, he crashed the stage at the MTV Europe Awards after not winning for best video.

West's latest album, "Graduation," is due out Tuesday. 50 Cent has said he'd stop making solo records if West's CD outsells his "Curtis" album, also set for release Tuesday, in their first week out.

The 31-year-old rapper has been riled by forecasts that sales of West's "Graduation" could rival those for his CD.

West and 50 Cent appeared together at the VMAs to present an award.


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