Kanye West
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United States
2019

G.O.O.D. Music

Kanye
West

Music Artist

Among his many questionable endeavors, much has been written about how much the mercurial West spends — on his music, tours, clothing lines, boondoggles like flying 300 celebrities and media types to Wyoming to hear an album that would be released that night (this from a man who claimed to be $53 million in debt three years ago). But not only is he one of our most influential musical talents, his Yeezy sneaker line — a partnership with Adidas, although he wholly owns it — is expected to top $1.5 billion in sales this year, according to Forbes. Throw in the media reach of his in-laws, the Kardashians, and that fortune can pay for a lot of studio time, flying stages and “MAGA” hats.

Career

  • The College Dropout
  • My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
  • Jesus Is King

Education

  • American Academy of Art (IL, USA)
  • Chicago State University (IL, USA)

Variety Honors

  • 2017 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2018 Variety500 Honoree
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Kanye West to Stage an Opera at Hollywood Bowl on Sunday

Kanye West to Stage an Opera at Hollywood Bowl on Sunday

In line with his recent spate of Christian-themed “Sunday Service” performances and his “Jesus Is King” album, Kanye West will present an opera titled “Nebuchadnezzar” at the Hollywood Bowl on Sunday, Nov. 24, he and the venue announced on social media yesterday.West shared a photo of a gold-plated invitation to the event, apparently designed by Nick Knight and featuring an image of the ancient Babylonian king, who features heavily in the Bible. The invitation notes, “Nebuchadnezzar will be directed by Vanessa Beecroft and include...

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