Viewers of the 2015 Billboard Music Awards on Sunday night possibly found themselves wondering if their televisions were malfunctioning — or if tech issues were causing the audio to sporadically and incessantly cut out after rapper Kanye West took the stage to close the show.
West, whose two-song performance — which consisted of the him rapping in front of excessive flames and pyrotechnics — was on stage for 5 minutes and 18 seconds, but TV audiences were only able to hear 4 minutes and 16 seconds of his set, according to Rolling Stone.
ABC reportedly censored the audio for more than a minute of the show due to West's cursing and his incessant use of the N-word, as he performed his songs "All Day" and "Black Skinhead." The censoring was so intense, in fact, that it went on for up to 15-seconds at a time at various moments throughout the performance, TMZ reported.
Watch West's heavily censored show below:
West's fans were less than content with ABC's censorship decision, taking to social media to air their grievances, though a cursory look at the lyrics shows that the presence of the N-word is incessant throughout "All Day," with the F-word also making an appearance in "Black Skinhead."
It is not uncommon for networks to censor foul or offensive language, though this case was unique in that the censorship accounted for a substantial portion of West's show.
The 2015 Billboard Music Awards were held Sunday night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
(H/T: Rolling Stone)