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June 16, 2008

Disrespect, Kanye style

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Every once in a while, diva behavior is not rewarded.

The crowd at the Bonnaroo music festival near Nashville this weekend showed that the afterglow they felt in the wake of a three-hour Pearl Jam performance could only last so long.

To wit: It did not stretch past 4:30 a.m. when Grammy-winning famous-hissy-fit-thrower Kanye West finally took to the stage.

He was two hours late, after having rescheduled an earlier evening performance because he wanted everybody to see the black-light neon-effects of his current Glow-in-the-Dark tour.

By the time he showed up, those who had stayed around were a bit on the surly side. Who could blame them as they jeered, shouting "Kanye sucks!" and other such unpleasantries. They tossed their glow sticks in frustration! For his part, he didn't acknowledge being late, had little to say to the crowd, and cut the show short. Not exactly the way to win fans.

Aside from rain storms that have happened nearly every year of the festival's seven-year history, the Kanye act seems to be one of the only downers among the 150 performances that drew nearly 80,000 people. A definite highlight, judging from lots of blog chatter, was Pearl Jam in its first festival gig since 2000 and its non-diva-like leader Eddie Vedder (pictured above).

Read more here about a lineup that included My Morning Jacket, Vampire Weekend, Metallica (front man James Hetfield's pictured below in fine form), M.I.A., the Raconteurs, Swell Season (Oscar winners Glenn Hansard and Marketa Irglova), Cat Power, and Grammy winners Alison Krauss and Robert Plant.

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