Kanye drops mic walks off: Kanye West

Published: July 27, 2015

Kanye drops mic walks off: Kanye West, A spectacular fireworks display from the CN Tower and an apparent microphone malfunction for headliner Kanye West helped end the 2015 Pan Am Games in Toronto with an exclamation mark during the closing ceremony on Sunday night.

Athletes entered the Rogers Centre to a standing ovation, and the national anthem played with the Canadian flag displayed on a stage set of a miniaturized Toronto skyline.

Full house in the Rogers Centre. Team Canada has arrived. Congrats to all the athletes! #panam #cbcnewsarts pic.twitter.com/7Pci6BvA1L

– @CBCTashauna

O Canada #CBCPanAm pic.twitter.com/76TrkA0xam

– @cbcsports

We see you, Kia Nurse #ClosingCeremony #CBCPanAm http://t.co/WVXNDwoUkF

– @cbcsports
Canadian singer Serena Ryder impressed as always, though some poked fun at her colourful outfit when she performed the games’ official theme, Together We Are One.

.@serenaryder rocks the the PAD! #CBCPanAm #closingceremony pic.twitter.com/CmNKAGZwZR

– @CBCOlympics

Dancing around the circle of the sun w @serenaryder at the closing ceremony @TO2015 #Toronto2015 #SerenaRyder #TO2015 pic.twitter.com/Ev6HQ9w4PP

– @Usualsuspectguy
Serena Ryder sings the Games’ official anthem ‘Together We Are One’ during the closing ceremony. (Mark Blinch/Canadian Press)

Why is Serena Ryder dressed like Macho Man Randy Savage? #CBCPanAm

– @ChrisArnold33
Pitbull brought the energy:

“Mr. Worldwide” in the building #CBCPanAm pic.twitter.com/5hVD5KxNp8

– @cbcsports

Who sweat more? The Pan Am marathon runners or Pitbull? #CBCPanAm http://t.co/hzBym8T4pf

– @cbcsports

Pitbull though! He’s like the Weird Al Yankovic of rap right?

– @vankayak
The main event, however, was Kanye West, who thundered in with Stronger and then turned on the lights, forgoing fanciful pyrotechnics or light shows for the rest of his set.

Enter Kanye #CBCPanAm http://t.co/ABkrVCotq3

– @cbcsports

Kanye calls for the lights to come on. We’re going into Power. He wants us to all clap for the athletes. The people do what Kanye says.

– @sjbattersby

KANYE WEST has everyone on their feet and singing. Who said Canadians don’t like @kanyewest?! #cbcnewsarts #panam pic.twitter.com/PaxJ6Z8Zrc

– @CBCTashauna

Touch the sky, Toronto #CBCPanAm http://t.co/cGbE9mT1qb

– @cbcsports
But right as the clock stuck 10 p.m. ET, Kanye’s mic appeared to cut out. Yeezus looked up at the crowd, threw the mic into the air and then left the stage to a raucous, cheering – and somewhat confused – crowd.

#Kanye’s mic appeared to stop working before he threw it 50 ft skyward & marched off stage cueing fireworks #T02015 pic.twitter.com/fMPf1D5vBC

– @mikedgregory

That poor microphone #CBCPanAm http://t.co/kM7N2o6jyc

– @cbcsports
Pan Am officials later clarified that a “technical error” led to Kanye’s mic cutting out in the stadium, although the broadcast audio remained.

UPDATE: Official word from #TO2015 on Kanye’s mic issues: “Technical error.” #CBCPanAm #closingceremony

– @CBCOlympics
Despite the technical snafu, the show ended in style with a fireworks display at the CN Tower.

I know my spot for fireworks was better than yours… #cbcpanam @cbcsports @CBCOlympics #TO2015 pic.twitter.com/sjoLlRDzTt

– @ansonhenry

#PanAm2015 #TO2015 #PanAm2015Games #closingceremony #cntower #fireworks pic.twitter.com/shsr5e51em

– @capi_rl

One more @TourCNTower @TO2015 shot. Ending in a glorious blaze. Well done, Toronto. pic.twitter.com/lc7yPR2Mwq

– @Devin_Heroux

Kanye drops mic walks off: Kanye West


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