Putting aside the all-red Eddie Murphy "Delirious" outfit, the Mr. T chains and gold crown, Kanye West absolutely rocked on "Saturday Night Live."
Surrounded by more than a dozen ballet dancers in white leotards and set against an all white background, Kanye performed "The Power" and his self-deprecating song "Toast to the -- --bags."
Far too often, the musical performances on "SNL" fall far short of expectations. Whether or not the artist falls in line with your musical preferences, it's usually just a few people on a stage with a backup dancer or two doing a few moves in a restricted space. It's gotten so weak that what was once a draw to viewers is now a strong consideration for excessive use of the fast forward button on your DVRs and TiVos.
But not with Kanye.
He seems to understand the fact that even if this is "Saturday Night Live," a performance is still a performance. You may not care for the post-Taylor Swift Kanye, but at least you should respect his ability to provoke thought and conversation about his performance.
I still can't figure out any of the assumed symbolism of the ballet dancers and the gold crown, but at least it kept me watching the entire performance. More than I can say for the pitchy Katy Perry last week. Short skirts and knee-high socks can only go so far.