Kanye Breaks Down on Stage

Weeps at Paris concert over mother's death
By Peter Fearon,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 19, 2007 6:11 AM CST
Singer Kanye West performs with his mother, Donda West, outdoors during a taping of "The Ellen DeGeneres Show," in this May, 2006 file photo, in Burbank, CA. The singer broke down at his Paris concert...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Rapper Kanye West broke down weeping at his first concert since the death of his mother just a week ago. He was near the end of a performance in Paris Saturday night and was unable to begin his song "Hey Mama."  "This song is dedicated to my mother," he announced, then began sobbing on stage in the spotlight as his band played. "He just cracked," a fan told People magazine.

He finally walked from the stage but reappeared later to sing "Stronger." "He seemed to have gathered himself up, and had a lot of energy," said a Parisian journalist. "He kept shouting out to the audience, 'I need you. I need you right now.' The public was screaming back. It was magic."