Grammy-winning rapper Kanye West‘s camp has officially released a statement on his Billboard Music Awards performance last weekend being “overly” edited.
The statement acknowledges the over-usage of censors during his two-song set.
“Kanye West was grossly over-censored at the Billboard Music Awards. Non-profane lyrics such as “with my leather black jeans on” were muted for over 30 second intervals. As a result, his voice and performance were seriously misrepresented. … “It is ridiculous that in 2015, unwarranted censorship is something that artists still have to fight against. Although West was clearly set up to face elements beyond his control during the live broadcast, he would like to apologize to the television audience who were unable to enjoy the performance the way he envisioned.” (Billboard)
The latest reports claimed Ye was frustrated with the annual showcase because censors bleeped unnecessary lyrics.
Kanye’s mostly-silenced closing act was the talk of the award show — but sources close to the rapper tell us Billboard knew when he was going to curse because he gave them the lyrics exactly as he performed them … and yet they yanked his audio for up to 15 seconds at a time. Our sources point out that during “Black Skinhead” a lot of clean lyrics were censored. For instance, the lines — “My leather black jeans on” … and “Middle America” were dropped. (TMZ)
According to reports, a portion of Ye’s five-minute performance, which he performed “All Day” and “Black Skinhead,” fell victim to censorship.
On Sunday night, though, what the rapper lost in hypemen he gained in unheard lyrics, as ABC censored more than a minute of the performance, leaving some viewers to wonder if the sound had cut out. West was onstage for 5 minutes and 18 seconds, though sound was only available to home viewers for 4 minutes and 16 seconds of his set. (Rolling Stone)
To make matters worse, Ye also endured some boos courtesy of the audience before and after his set.
Boos from the audience even before the controversial rapper took the stage indicated doom. When it was announced that West would be performing after the commercial break, the attendees in the venue booed loudly, reports a Yahoo Music editor on site. Even West’s sisters-in-law, Kendall and Kylie Jenner, received negative reaction from the crowd when they introduced him. The disapproval continued throughout his set that included his heavily bleeped songs “All Day” and “Black Skinhead.” (Yahoo!)