Apparently it wasn't just smoke and sparks covering up Kanye West's performance at the Billboard Music Awards Sunday night.
The pyrotechnically impressive but visually confusing version of Black Skinhead and All Day was shot in a way that kept the home audience from seeing — or hearing — much of Yeezy at all.
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And according to Kanye's official statement, that was all intentional on the part of the ABC network!
Kanye's rep said:
"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."
There were definitely a lot more words censored than just the ones you can't say on TV.
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Maybe if the network had gotten a censor that knew the tracks a little better?
For whatever reason they chose to cover up so much, Kanye was ticked! And not just for himself! Ye's rep continued:
"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."
Well, at least that explains the performance! Though we think the secondhand smoke might be on Yeezy.
[Image via WENN.]
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