Kanye West says he was ‘over-censored’ at Billboard Awards

21 May 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Kanye West apologises for ‘grossly over-censored’ Billboard performance.

The rapper released a statement Tuesday saying he was “grossly over-censored” during his performance on the show. In a statement obtained by Hollywood Reporter, West’s publicist says West was “grossly over-censored” and, as a result, “seriously misrepresented”, before apologising to fans for causing disappointment.The 37-year-old rapper, who has won 21 Grammy Awards in his career, closed out the ceremony by performing his songs All Day and Black Skinhead with onstage guests Theophilus London and Allan Kingdom.The 37-year-old rapper took to the stage with his tracks ‘All Day’ and ‘Black Skinhead’ at the annual ceremony in Las Vegas on Sunday (17.05.15) but was met with a negative reaction from TV viewers as the majority of his performance was muted by show-makers due to profanities in the tracks.

A statement released by the rapper’s publicist reads: “Non-profane lyrics such as ‘with my leather black jeans on’ were muted for over 30 second intervals. The audience at Las Vegas’ MGM Grand Garden Arena booed as West performed his songs “All Day” and “Black Skinhead” at Sunday’s ceremony, which was broadcast on ABC. Although West was clearly set up to face elements beyond his control during the live broadcast, he would like to apologise to the television audience who were unable to enjoy the performance the way he envisioned.” It wasn’t the only difficulty West had to overcome at the awards. A large amount of West’s performance was censored due to frequent use of expletives (as was the case during his Brit Awards appearance in February) and the star’s appearance was shrouded by smoke and pyrotechnics.

West was described by the art school as “a leader in the music industry as a Grammy Award-winning recording artist and producer, as well as a fashion designer and interdisciplinary artist whose work provokes cultural discourse by reflecting a realism of the street.”

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