Following his performance at Sunday’s (May 17) Billboard Music Awards, Kanye West has put the company on blast over his set, saying it was “grossly over-censored.”
During the set, the rapper performed his singles “All Day” and “Black Skinhead,” alongside Allan Kingdom and Theophilus London, but much of the performance was bleeped out when it aired on ABC.
In a statement, via his publicist, Kanye addressed the censorship. “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,” the statement continued.
Kanye also apologized to viewers. “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.”