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West sorry for 'over-censored' show

Published 20/05/2015

Kanye West performs at the Billboard Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. (Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
Kanye West performs at the Billboard Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. (Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

Rapper Kanye West has apologised to TV viewers who were unimpressed with his performance at the Billboard Music Awards.

The audience in Las Vegas booed as the star performed his songs All Day and Black Skinhead at Sunday's ceremony.

But West - who also provoked derision following his performance at the Brit awards earlier this year - blamed the response on the show's organisers, saying he had been "grossly over-censored".

A statement from his publicist said: "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.

"Although West was clearly set up to face elements beyond his control during the live broadcast, he would like to apologise to the television audience who were unable to enjoy the performance the way he envisioned."

The show, which took place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, was broadcast in the US on ABC.

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