News: Kanye Performs At Youth Inaugural Ball, "It Feels So Good To Be Standing Here"
Wednesday, Jan 21, 2009 12:50PM
Kanye West expressed sorrow and joy after he performed at Tuesday's Youth Inaugural Ball honoring president Barack Obama.
"Make some noise, for our new President Obama," Kanye told the crowd. "It feels so good to be standing here. My mom would be so proud right now to see her baby boy performing the number one song in the country for our new, African American president. Being that she got arrested for being involved in the sit-ins at age six, and my grandfather drove the first car out of the marches in Oklahoma to see this day." (Kanye Blog)
The event focused on illustrating the impact of young voters.
"This year, millions of young people got involved and worked to bring change to this country," said Presidential Inaugural Committee Executive Director Emmett S. Beliveau. "We wanted to make sure this Inauguration recognized the important role young Americans are playing in making our nation stronger." (NBC Chicago)In the time after her death Kanye has expressed his deep sense of loss for mis mother Dr. Donda West.
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Dr. Donda West passed away in November of last year  due to cosmetic surgery complications. During the months that followed the platinum-selling rapper "wasn't ready to speak about [it]." Yet during a recent listening party in London for his fourth studio album 808s and Heartbreak, Ye revealed the importance of his mom, how much she shaped his music career and the impact she continues to have on his life.