Kanye West Releases Statement About Billboard Music Awards Performance
Following Kanye West's appearance at the Billboard Music Awards this past weekend, a.k.a. the latest Kanye performance heard 'round the world — or rather, barely heard or seen by anybody due to a botched broadcast — West representatives have released a statement that laments the quality of the show:
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.
Rolling Stone reported that of the five minutes and 18 seconds the performance of "All Day" and "Black Skinhead" lasted, only four minutes and 16 seconds of it was actually heard on TV, meaning about 20 percent of it was muted by censors. In defense of the Billboard Music Awards and ABC, TMZ was told by members of the production crew that Kanye did not do a dress rehearsal beforehand. One of them, seemingly exasperated, said, "He's Kanye. What are we supposed to do?"
Whatever they were supposed to do, it probably wasn't what they did. Revisit the performance below: