Kanye West headlined night one of the iHeartRadio concerts in Las Vegas September 18, and as expected he blew away the crowd! His insane performance was something you have to see to believe!
Kanye West, 38, completely won the iHeartRadio Music Festival on September 18, and he was the first act! The Yeezus designer performed a legendary set of 18 hits, an emotional and celebratory night that only cemented his legendary status in the rap game further. All bow down to President West!While everyone and their mother were hoping that Yeezus would perform his brand spankin’ new hit “Fade,” announce a new album, or even wax poetic on his 2020 presidential campaign, it didn’t happen. Sorry kids! But something even more incredible came from his set — he ran through 18(!) of his classic hits (and okay, maybe mentioned 2020 once).
Kanye was introduced to the audience by Jared Leto, 43, who called the rapper a “visionary, artist, madman, musician, producer, provocateur, director, husband, father and just maybe the future president of the United States of America.” A slowed version of “Stronger” began to play as thick smoke enclosed the stage, bright lights beaming through it.
Ye looked fashionable as ever wearing an outfit that must have been out of his new Yeezy collection. Brown sweatshirt, brown tee, brown pants, white kicks? Yep! He kept it cool and stylish and let the music be the focus.
He powered through so many of his memorable songs, a delight to the cheering and emotional audience, starting with “Power,” “Black Skinhead,” “All Day,” “Mercy” and “Don’t Like.” We’re getting tired just thinking about it!
But Ye powered on with “Clique” and a raucous performance of “Heartless,” during which the crowd sang their hearts out through the chorus. So cool! Up next: “Runaway,” “FourFiveSeconds,” (he did the Rihanna vocals too!), “Gold Digger” and “Touch The Sky.”
Maybe the best moments of the night were seeing Kanye gleefully perform some of his earliest hits, like “Jesus Walks,” “All of the Lights,” “The Good Life,” and “All Falls Down.” He couldn’t stop smiling throughout that one!
The 20-minute set finally concluded with one of his most recent, and emotional songs, “Only One,” a ballad about his mother and daughter, North West, 3. He wouldn’t be Kanye without slipping in a little bit of a surprise for the audience though with this lyric: “You’ll be the man you always knew you could be — 2020.” Kanye, you sly dog!
Both nights of the mega music festival at the MGM Grand Garden are sold out, but Hollywoodlife.com has got you covered with live streaming!
Other acts performing at night one of the iHeartRadio Music Festival include:
Fall Out Boy
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— Samantha Wilson