In 2004, he walked out of the American Music Awards, claiming he was "robbed" in the Best New Artist category. The following year, he promised hellfire and brimstone if his Late Registration album didn't take home the Grammy for Album of the Year And, perhaps most famously of all, he stormed the stage at the 2006 MTV Europe Music Awards after losing the award for Video of the Year.
According to several sources backstage at the 2007 MTV Video Music Awards — and a report published late Sunday night by The Associated Press — West lost it again, this time because his performance of "Stronger" took place in the Palms' Hugh Hefner Sky Villa and not on the main stage.
"Kanye was watching the closing performance [a medley featuring Justin Timberlake, Timbaland and Nelly Furtado] on a closed-circuit monitor, and he started getting upset," a source who was backstage told MTV News. "He started asking anyone who'd listen why he wasn't allowed to perform on the main stage. 'Why did I perform in just a suite?' he was saying. 'Justin's my boy, but even he gets to perform in both a suite and on the main stage? Something's wrong here.' "
According to the AP, West was also upset about being shut out of all five categories in which he was nominated. He reportedly yelled, "That's two years in a row, man … I'm trying hard, man, I have the … #1 record, man."
AP also reported that West claimed he would "never return to MTV."
At a pre-VMA concert on Friday, West also expressed his frustration that Britney Spears would be opening the show instead of him, freestyling, "I can't believe she would perform. She hasn't had a hit record in years". And according to MTV News' source, he was claiming the same thing during his tirade.
"He said, 'Brit hasn't had a hit in like 5 million years and she opens the show?!?' " the source said.
A spokesperson for West's label, Def Jam, had no comment as of press time.