This is how the Internet reacted to Kanye West’s ‘fiery’ Billboard Music Awards …

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Billboard Music Awards: Kanye West Closes Show With “All Day” and “Black Skinhead” (Video).

Rapping his songs All Day and Black Skinhead among a blaze of pyrotechnics, Kanye was at times barely visible on the live telecast, with the stage awash with smoke and flames.It’s fitting that Kanye West shut down an epic night at the 2015 Billboard Music Awards with his long-bubbling track “All Day.” Because if you were watching at home, it might take you that long to figure out just what he was saying; the network censor was working the audio delay like it was one of ’Ye’s 808 drum machines.

Coupled with a large proportion of his lyrics being bleeped out to broadcast complete silence, it was fiery performance that said “yeh, you had to be there”. West first became known as a producer for Roc-A-Fella Records; he achieved recognition for his work on rapper Jay-Z’s The Blueprint (2001), as well as hit singles for musical artists including Alicia Keys, Ludacris, and Janet Jackson. Introduced by sisters-in-law Kendall and Kylie Jenner, West emerged cloaked in a haze of orange lights and smoke, with sparks shooting up from the front of the stage as he bounced in time with the song’s two co-vocalists Theophilus London and Allan Kingdom. (Or so it seemed, it was hard to tell with all that fog.) Large sections of the song that might make it onto ’Ye’s upcoming album, SWISH, were muted thanks to the copious use of the n-word, but you couldn’t miss the dark, grinding beat and hypnotic keyboard line — even if Yeezus was almost completely obscured by the fireworks display. The guy is an artist, a designer, a father, a doctor — look it up! — a friend of Beyoncé, and, often, one of the most highly-anticipated performers at award shows. The rapper closed the awards ceremony, with his fans angry half his performance was censored and his critics saying it was the best Kanye performance they had seen because they couldn’t hear him sing.

By the time he busted into the primal screams and grinding guitars of “Black Skinhead,” the sparks died down and you could get a glimpse of ’Ye leaping around as the crowd at the MGM Grand got super into it. He later broadened his influences to include 1970s R&B, baroque pop, trip hop, arena rock, house, folk, alternative, electronica, synthpop, industrial, and classical music. West was raised in a middle-class household in Chicago, Illinois, and began rapping in the third grade, becoming involved in the city’s hip hop scene.

West switched rapping for singing on his emotive 2008 effort 808’s & Heartbreak, and embraced maximalism on 2010’s My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. Whether that was per his request, or Billboard’s way of keeping the audience’s attention during the three-hour broadcast, it worked, because how could you watch the entire show and miss Kanye’s performance? ‘Ye took to the stage in the final moments of the BBMAs to perform “All Day” and “Black Skinhead.” And we really need to talk about that performance. Through his career, Yeezy has had nearly 70 hits on the Billboard Hot 100, including the No. 1 singles “Gold Digger” and “Stronger,” and the top 10 tracks “FourFiveSeconds,” “Heartless” and “All Falls Down.” Kanye’s BBMAs slot will play a big part in the build-up for his forthcoming album release Swish. At the 102.7 KIIS FM’s Wango Tango concert at the StubHub Center on May 9, a eyewitness source says Kanye’s off-putting lyrics had hundreds of fans leaving before his final performance.

Before starting his hit “All Day,” Kanye warned, “The next song, I’m not really supposed to do it on radio this way, but if y’all don’t mind, I’m going to use the N-word a couple of times. Kanye West” style. “All Day” needs a lot of censorship, so I wasn’t really that surprised, but it got to a point where it was so bleeped that there was seconds of silence at once. Is that OK?” Although some of the crowd cheered, many weren’t pleased. “Families who had kids ranging from 5 to 10 years old rushed out of the stadium,” says our eyewitness. “The stadium holds 27,000 people and hordes of them left. I even suspect there was censorship on words that didn’t need a bleep, because Kanye is pretty unpredictable (see: life) and you never really know what’s going to come out of his mouth. Since 1992, the awards also give out a Billboard Century Award—the magazine’s highest honor for creative achievement and named for Billboard’s centennial in 1994.

In 2007, country music legend Reba McEntire was honored with Billboard’s first Woman of the Year Award because of her success as a recording artist, contributions to the business, and leadership in embracing the changing music business. Since its inception (created by Rick Garson, Paul Flattery & Jim Yukich), the BMAs had been telecast on the Fox network; however due to contractual expirations and other unforeseen circumstances, the awards were canceled for 2007. On February 17, 2011, Billboard announced that it would bring the BMAs back to television, moving from its original home on Fox to its new network, ABC, on May 22, 2011.

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