The Recent Life of Kanye West

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West has trouble with awards shows. He walked out of the 2004 American Music Awards after losing in the Best New Artist category. He did it again in 2006 at the MTV Europe Music Awards. And after he lost all five categories in which he was nominated at the 2007 MTV Video Music Awards, he reportedly ranted backstage, "That's two years in a row, man ... I'm trying hard, man, I have the ... No. 1 record, man!" and then wondered aloud why he had been invited to perform on a side stage when other people like Justin Timberlake got to use the main one.

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