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March 19, Vevo Power Station It’s a familiar story: A celebrity’s lowest point is inevitably followed by their greatest triumph. Even if Kanye fulfills that career arc, over the last seven years he’s given us a body of work that is anything but cliché. With My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy — which EW named the best record of 2010 — West proved that restless creativity is the best cure for an overblown scandal. There are a lot of reasons to consider this SXSW’s must-see show: He has a history of bringing out surprise guests, and there’s always the chance he’ll say something ka-razy. But the most convincing reason is much simpler: seeing one of today’s most gifted artists at the height of his powers.
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March 16 2011 — 12:00 AM EDT