Kanye West Slams “Unwarranted Censorship” of Billboard Music Awards Performance

Kanye West performing at the BBMAs
Kanye West is speaking out about the censorship of his performance at the Billboard Music Awards  Kevin Mazur/BMA2015/WireImage.com

Kanye West is bleepin’ mad over the censorship of his performance at the 2015 Billboard Music Awards. As viewers saw on Sunday, May 17, large portions of the rapper’s songs “All Day” and “Black Skinhead” were missing from the broadcast, leading some to wonder whether their audio had gone out.

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Now West is speaking out about the show via a statement from his rep, who says he was unfairly silenced.

kanye performing at the BBMAs
Kanye West performs onstage during the 2015 Billboard Music Awards Kevin Winter/BMA2015/Getty Images for dcp

“Kanye West was grossly over-censored at the Billboard Music Awards,” his rep tells Us Weekly. “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.”

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The rep adds: “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.” 

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Unfortunately, censorship wasn’t the only thing the rapper, 37, had to contend with during the BBMAs. A source at the awards ceremony tells Us that the crowd booed him after his performance at the MGM Grand Garden Arena — but not as loudly as they booed his sisters-in-law Kendall and Kylie Jenner.

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