Kanye West BLASTS Billboard Music Awards, Apologizes To Fans For “Grossly Over-Censored” Performance (VIDEO)

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Kanye West Billboard Awards Statement

By Shari Weiss


Kanye West Billboard Awards Statement

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Kanye West is blasting the Billboard Music Awards in the wake of Sunday’s heavily censored performance. As Gossip Cop reported, the rapper closed the ceremony with “All Day” and “Black Skinhead,” but could barely be heard due to extensive bleeping. While the songs contained explicit lyrics, West’s camp is now slamming ABC and Dick Clark Productions for how the performance was broadcast.

In a statement, a rep for West says, “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,” continues the statement. “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.”

In addition to West’s vocals being largely inaudible, the performer was also hardily visible due to lighting design and smoke effects. The star’s camp says the production team messed up that, too. Check out West’s Billboard Awards performance again below, and tell us what you think of his statement.

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