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Kanye West is sick of being censored, apologizes to fans for Billboard Awards

Kanye West is sick of being censored, apologizes to fans for Billboard Awards
Kanye West performs at the Billboard Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. (Chris Pizzello / Invision / Associated Press)

Fans who had hoped to see Kanye West perform "Black Skinhead" and "All Day" at last weekend's Billboard Music Awards instead got mere blips of those songs peppered wth huge swaths of silence.

The famously antagonistic rapper and performer must have sent the show's production team (and its broadcast partners ABC) reaching for the panic switch with his lyrics in those songs, as the show's censors bleeped out close to a quarter of his airtime, according to Rolling Stone.

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Now West's representatives have released a new statement firing back.

Both songs have been widely available online for months, and have been performed on other TV programs.

Their content – which can sometimes be profane, but not overly so by modern hip-hop standards – shouldn't have come as a surprise to anyone at the awards show staff or the network, so it's disappointing they decided to lean on the kill switch even during entirely prosaic lyrics.

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