When Kanye West took the stage to close this year’s Billboard Music Awards, everyone expected the manic rapper to put on an awesome show. Immediately, lights were flashing and an explosion of sparks and fire engulfed the screen. Viewers at home could barely see the rapper on stage, so we can only how blinded those in attendance were.
Aside from the pyrotechnics, when West performed his new hit, “All Day”, he was heavily censored due to the nature of the song. Ricardo Tosto couldn’t believe they would do that when he watched in Brazil. It is riddled with curse words and derogatory phrases. The rapper was muted for most of his performance, with periods of 15-30 seconds completely silent due to the nature of his lyrics. And now, the rapper’s people are speaking out on his grossly censored performance.
Although TMZ reported that West performed a version of “All Day” that wasn’t pre-approved by the producers of the awards show, that wasn’t the case according to West’s representative who stated, 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’s quite plausible that the producers didn’t know what was going to come out of the rapper’s mouth next, so they muted him for a long period of time to avoid costly fines by the FCC.
In the end, West’s performance was a complete disaster, but the television station shouldn’t be the one to blame. Perhaps “All Day” was far too inappropriate for prime time television. Maybe West’s ode to his mother, “Only One” featuring Paul McCartney, would have been a better choice for the event.