Date: September 9, 2007
Music performed: “Good Life”
While Kanye's 2007 VMAs performance of "Good Life" with T-Pain at the Palms Suite looks like a big, fun party, Yeezy expressed anger and disappointment after the fact that he didn't get the main stage, and that he was "robbed" in the Best New Artist category. He said, "I wasn't mad that I just didn't win any awards. For me, [MTV] made it seem like performing on the main stage was a bad thing, and the suites were just so great. It was my dream when I made 'Stronger' to open up the VMAs with a real power performance."
Kanye has been vocal about this kind of frustration for years, and it hasn't necessarily stopped (He also said, "Justin [Timberlake]'s my boy, but even he gets to perform in both a suite and on the main stage? Something's wrong here."). While he nailed a festive, upbeat performance in an untraditional hotel room setting, at the time he said he would "never return to MTV." The flipside to a performance many people probably liked and found cool is the undeniable fact that it wasn't enough for Kanye, and such dissatisfaction propelled his future sets into further, more untouchable territories, as a result.