This morning in Johannesburg, R. Kelly performed "Sign of a Victory" to open the 2010 World Cup. The number includes Kelly dropping to his knees, lyrics about global warming, and—of course—autotune. In other words, it's pure gold.

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And boy, are R. Kelly's delusions of grandeur back and better than ever! He tells the Wall Street Journal,

I wanted ‘Sign of a Victory' to be written and custom-made for the soccer World Cup," he says. "But I wanted to go beyond and spread it beyond that world and touch on some of the issues in the world that make us all one. And I thought if I touch on an issue like global warming, which is an issue we're all dealing with, I thought that musically, lyrically it could make us one-there's World Cup, and there's world peace.