According to CBS spokesman Chris Ender, “there are certain things you can’t say, or sing, on television.” And that was very evident as the network bleeped out a good 75% of Lil Wayne and Eminem‘s performance of the profanity-riddled “Drop the World” (from Weezy’s upcoming Rebirth album) Sunday night (Jan 31) at the 2010 Grammy Awards.
Whoever was behind the censor button last night also bleeped out a good bit of the Wayne, Em and hip-hop newcomer Drake‘s joint performance of “Forever,” which is set to appear on Drake’s debut album Thank Me Later, due for release later this year. The studio version of “Forever” also features rapper Kanye West, but he reportedly wasn’t invited to partake in the show’s festivities.
But anyway, back to the excessive bleeping!
CBS, caught in the dilemma of having it both ways, sought to include on the Grammycast cutting-edge artists whose music is selling like hotcakes, while, at the same time, it felt compelled to take every precaution to prevent a vocal version of a wardrobe malfunction.
“It was a rousing musical performance, but words were edited from the live telecast that didn’t meet our broadcast standards,” said CBS spokesman Chris Ender. “We have great respect for artists’ creative freedom, but there are certain things you can’t say, or sing, on television.”
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