Kanye West makes slight reference to running for President at iHeart Radio concert

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Jared Leto, Josh Hutcherson, Joe Jonas and More Announced as iHeartRadio Music Festival Celebrity Guests.

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Kanye West lives in the spotlight, but on Friday the acclaimed rapper was instead a backlit silhouette barely visible behind smoke for his first few songs on stage at the iHeartRadio Music Festival in Las Vegas. The headline-maker, who recently announced at MTV’s Video Music Awards that he has designs to run for president eventually, made the slightest of references to his possible run, singing the lyrics from “Only One” that “You’ll be the man I always knew you’d be,” adding the year “2020” at the end.

Duran Duran, Coldplay and The Killers performed Friday on the same stage as rapper Lil Wayne, soulful singer Sam Smith and country music’s Kenny Chesney at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on the Las Vegas Strip for the festival’s fifth year. The entire music festival is going to be broadcast live on iHeartMedia radio stations across the country and fans can also stream it on Yahoo Live both nights beginning at 7:30 p.m.

Flashbacks to the 1990s and early 2000s proved popular with a cameo by Third Eye Blind’s Stephan Jenkins performing the band’s 1997 single “Jumper” with pop singer Demi Lovato and short set by reggae artist Shaggy who sang his 2000 hit “Wasn’t Me.” Just in case you missed all of those opportunities to listen in on the fun, you can watch the concert series on The CW for an exclusive two-night special beginning on Sept. 29 at 8 p.m. iHeartMedia’s own Elvis Duran, Ellen K, Nikki Sixx, Bobby Bones, Amy Brown, The Breakfast Club, Kane, Romeo, Nessa, Cody Alan, Jonhjay and Rich, Mario Lopez, Jenn Marino and more will also make special guest appearances. Considering the success of last year’s festival—which saw Taylor Swift , Nicki Minaj, Ariana Grande and Lorde as headliners—there’s no doubt that we are all in for quite a treat in just a few days.

Actor and singer Jared Leto introduced Kanye West as a “visionary, artist, mad man” before listing off several more attributes to describe the iconic rapper married to celebrity Kim Kardashian, adding “and just maybe the future president of the United States.” West has said he would run in 2020, but he did little if any campaigning Friday. He stuck to a medley of hits and stayed in the shadows, mostly, backlit by rows of flashing bright yellow lights before a spotlight found him a few songs in. Having a problem with the lights not being bright enough, he paced back and forth on stage in silence for a minute or so, until summoning a DJ off to the side to play it again until he would ultimately signal again to skip ahead or cut a song short realizing he needed to pick up the pace on his set list that included “Stronger,” ”Jesus Walks” and a self-censored version of “Gold Digger.” The Killers embraced their Sin City roots to the fullest by bringing a bevy of showgirls on stage as lead singer Brandon Flowers, dressed like a snazzy lounge singer in a gray blazer, sang “Viva Las Vegas” and giant videos of slot reels spun behind them. “We are The Killers brought to you by way of Fabulous Las Vegas, Nevada,” Flowers said introducing a set that would bring confetti explosions and sparklers raining down on the stage. Oh, there were plenty, but that still didn’t make Stephan Jenkins, wearing knee-length shorts underneath what appeared to be a drawstring black skirt with black hi-tops, any more recognizable to the crowd until he launched into his Third Eye Blind hit “Jumper” with Lovato on a duet.

This was a Coldplay crowd that sang along to “Paradise” and jumped along with a pepped-up version of “A Sky Full of Stars” that ended with a confetti blast of white stars over the crowd. The festival’s Rising Star winner, Christina Grimmie, got a second swing at a first appearance, filling the arena with her impressive voice and excited shouts twice, presumably for television recording. “It is crazy for me to be in all of your presence right now,” she told the crowd that was trickling in for the festival’s start during her first performance.

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