Date: September 12, 2010
Music performed: "Runaway" featuring Pusha T
When Kanye performed "Runaway" with Pusha T at the VMAs, it was his official comeback moment and the introduction of new music from My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. It was the first time the world saw the ballerinas he'd employ in many shows to come, including on Saturday Night Live (October 2, 2010), at Coachella, at Revel in July 2012, and beyond. His MPC stood on a Greek column podium, and he was positioned on the black floor as if on a sundial. At the end of the performance, sparks came down in the background, which also happened at his Coachella performance. Bringing ballerinas together with hip-hop was an artistic meeting of worlds that will never be forgotten.