Is the world ready to welcome Kanye West back into their good graces? We know we are, so we’re pumped that the rapper will return to the awards show circuit by performing at the BET Awards on June 27. West is up for two awards—Best Collaboration on the Drake track “Forever”, and Video of the Year for “Run This Town” with Jay-Z and Rihanna. Taylor Swift? Zero BET nominations. So it should more-or-less be a drama-free night.
And how is Kanye gearing up for his return to performing live? By stepping in front of the most critical audience anyone could ever face—high-school teenagers.
On June 8, ‘Ye performed in front of 1,600 Chicago high-schoolers for an exclusive private show organized by the Kanye West Foundation’s annual “Stay in School” event. His four-song set included “Run This Town”, “Good Life”, “Touch the Sky”, and his latest track “Power.” Even better? Common and Lupe Fiasco made an appearance as well, performing “Superstar.”
Not only did Kanye give a bunch of kids a free show in the name of supporting education, he even performed said show on his 33rd birthday. Aww, guys, Kanye’s totally selfless now! What, don’t believe it? Just check out some of the happy kids below and see if you can still be mad at him for ruffling the feathers of a country star who can cry into into her diary detailing all the publicity she got from being interrupted on live TV.