When it comes to Kanye West’s on-stage antics, the question always remains: what’s next?
Canadians caught a glimpse of the future last night during the closing ceremony of the Pan American Games in Toronto. West capped his 13 minute performance by throwing his microphone in the air and storming off-stage, apparently frustrated by technical difficulties.
The choice of West as headliner for the Games stirred quite a bit of controversy. A petition to keep Kanye from closing the games was signed by over 50,000 people. Petitioners demanded a Canadian act headline the show, like Toronto’s Drake or Deadmau5.
West started his performance in near darkness, before having the entire Pan Am Dome illuminated. The rapper ran through hits from his catalogue, including “Touch the Sky,” “Golddigger,” “Can’t Tell Me Nothing,” and a reportedly intense version of “Black Skinhead.”
The Games, held the year before every Olympics since 1951, feature competitors from throughout North and South America. This year more than 6,000 athletes from 41 countries.
The United States beat out Canada in the medal count, 265 to 217.
— Perdita Felicien (@perditafelicien) July 27, 2015