For nearly three hours, the Billboard Music Awards delivered, back-to-back great performances – Van Halen, Little Big Town, Hozier, John Legend and Meghan Trainor, etc. To call Kanye West’s closing set anticlimactic would be an understatement.
Boos from the audience even before the controversial rapper took the stage indicated doom. When it was announced that West would be performing after the commercial break, the attendees in the venue booed loudly, reports a Yahoo Music editor on site. Even West’s sisters-in-law, Kendall and Kylie Jenner, received negative reaction from the crowd when they introduced him. The disapproval continued throughout his set that included his heavily bleeped songs “All Day” and “Black Skinhead.”
To omit profanity, an ample portion of the audio for his first track, “All Day,” was censored from the broadcast, leaving viewers to hear several seconds of silence throughout his segment. The portions that were played were nearly inaudible, inhibited by screeching sound effects.
Viewers also never got a clear glimpse of the rapper, hidden behind a steady stream of pyrotechnics and thick smoke. At the beginning of the concert, he appeared to be walking through flames towards the front of the stage but he never emerged from the clouds of mist.
West’s misfire received overwhelming backlash on Twitter:
— Josh Portman (@joshportman)May 18, 2015
Kanye West at the #BBMAs is crap, In fact, he is terrible in general.— Tyler Sirois (@New_ty12)May 18, 2015
They booed kanye west— klαryssα (@Nikole23k)May 18, 2015
— Sarah ✌️⚽️ (@Sarah_LovesYou3)May 18, 2015
Kanye West you make everything ugly now i turn off my TV #BBMAs— Erica/Stana (@austin1212)May 18, 2015