Kanye West
Kanye West

American rapper Kanye West is set to equal the record for the most appearances at the MTV Video Music Awards, which this year will be held at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York on 25 August.

West will make his seventh VMA appearance, drawing level with Madonna. The 36-year-old, who recently welcomed daughter North with girlfriend Kim Kardashian, will be perform his Yeezus single Black Skinhead.

West, who made his debut at the 2004 VMAs, infamously interrupted Taylor Swift's acceptance speech in 2009. West went on a rant after Swift won in the Best Female Video category for You Belong With Me, beating Beyonce Knowles' Single Ladies.

"Yo Taylor, I'm really happy for you, I'll let you finish, but Beyoncé has one of the best videos of all time. One of the best videos of all time!" he said.

This year Swift, 23, is nominated for Best Female Video and Video of the Year for I Knew You Were Trouble. Ahead of the event, she joked about the incident on Twitter.

"Two VMA nominations!! If you vote and get us one, I promise to keep a firmer grip on the mic this time :)," she tweeted.

Lady Gaga is also scheduled to sing her new single, Applause, from her highly-anticipated new album ARTPOP.