Picks and Pans Review: Kanye in Crisis?
>After his MTV VMAs fiasco with Taylor Swift, Kanye West faces the fallout.
• His Fame Kills tour with Lady Gaga was canceled, amid rumors of disappointing ticket sales.
• He was a no-show at the Oct. 10 BET Hip-Hop Awards, despite having nine nominations.
• He was shut out of the recently announced nominations for the 2009 American Music Awards.
West, who kept working after his mother died in 2007, is on a much-needed break. “The last couple years have been a lot, and it’s worn on him,” says a source at his label Island Def Jam. “He just got back from a vacation last week and is getting guidance from people closest to him.” Our advice for repairing his image? A cameo with Swift when she hosts Saturday Night Live on Nov. 7.