​the billboard awards put kanye on mute

TV viewers missed over a minute of his set due to censorship.

by Charlotte Gush
18 May 2015, 2:45pm

The 2015 Billboard Music Awards were bookended by the massively hyped Bad Blood video from Taylor Swift (with a dizzying line up of guest stars) and a two-track closer from Yeezus himself, Kanye West. But viewers at home did not see much of the latter, as Kanye chose to perform two of his most expletive-packed hits, All Day and Black Skinhead, leading ABC to mute over a minute of audio from his set. The situation was made even worse by the staging, with smoke and fireworks obscuring Kanye throughout his performance.

It's not the first time Yeezy has fallen foul of TV censors. He also performed All Day at the Brit Awards earlier this year, when long sections of the track were muted due to almost every line ending with the "n-word." After making a point about wanting his fans to be able to afford his adidas fashion collection, surely the egalitarian singer wasn't deliberately trying to alienate fans watching at home? By repeatedly performing songs with emphatic but prohibited language, is Kanye hoping to make a point about censorship?


Photography Kate Owen

Black Skinhead
Yoko Ono
All Day
Billboard Music Awards
Cut Piece