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BET Awards 2010 Image via BET

BET Awards 2010

Date: June 27, 2010
Stage designer: Es Devlin
Music performed: “Power”

Kanye's return to music after a brief hiatus post-VMA/Taylor Swift incident was felt with the performance of "Power" on the BET Awards in 2010. His use of naturalistic visuals continued as he performed on a giant mountain with occasional spurts of red fog and a snowy ending. His red suit accentuated the brilliant color schemes of Devlin's imaging, whether it be orange-tinged snowy mountains, twilight clouds, or a cyan snowstorm.

In many ways, this performance set a precedent for his return musically—a precursor to My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy—and visually—as he would continue to enhance the use of nature in his stage design and bring back the mountain for this year's Yeezus tour.

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