Kanye West is not happy that some parts of his songs "All Day" and "Black Skinhead" were censored at the recent 2015 Billboard Music Awards. The “Yeezus” rapper has also apologized to his fans who were “unable to enjoy” his Sunday night performance because of “unwarranted censorship” by ABC.
"Kanye West was grossly over-censored at the Billboard Music Awards,” said a statement he released, according to Billboard. He also voiced his annoyance that the network censored many “non-profane lyrics such as 'with my leather black jeans on,'" for periods exceeding 30 seconds. According to Rolling Stone magazine, West performed for five minutes and 18 seconds, but the audience could only hear four minutes and 16 seconds of audio on their television.
The 37-year-old hip-hop star said that all the bleeping-out resulted in “serious misinterpretation” of his voice and performance. West said he finds it ridiculous that the artists still have to fight against “unwarranted censorship” in 2015. The rapper's representative said that although West did not have control over the broadcast he would still “like to apologize to the television audience who were unable to enjoy the performance the way he envisioned."
Many of Kanye's fans expressed disappointment on Twitter on Sunday when they were unable to hear his songs because of the censored lyrics. Some were also irked that he could not been seen during his stage performance because of excessive lighting. West was also booed at the end of his performance.
West was not the only one who was booed at the 2015 Billboard Music Awards. Half-sisters-in-law Kendall and Kylie Jenner were also booed when they took the stage to introduce him, dressed in their Balmain dresses. The sisters handled the situation with ease and smiled all the time when they were being booed. They waited for the audience to be quiet and then completed their introduction.