CBS deny suggestion Jack White said ‘fuck’ during Grammy performance

Fans at home thought White had cursed during 'Love Interruption'

Accusations that Jack White swore during his performance at the Grammy Awards last night forced the US TV network which broadcast the ceremony to issue a denial.

White, who posed for pictures with Odd Future’s Tyler, The Creator backstage at the ceremony, appeared on stage to perform his song ‘Love Interruption’, taken from his debut solo album ‘Blunderbuss’. Singing alongside Ruby Amanfu of his all-female backing band The Peacocks, White sang the line “I want love to walk right up and bite me, grab a hold of me and fight me”, with many viewers at home confusing the word ‘fight’ for ‘fuck’.

Following a shocked reaction on Twitter, Martin Franks of CBS told the Hollywood Reporter that editors had checked the performance multiple times to verify what White had sung and were confident he had not sworn. “We had 10 editors, and three people on site, and all are experienced, all with multiple Grammy, multiple Big Brother, multiple Tony experience, experience with doing these delays,” Franks said. “They went through all of the rehearsals. They have prepared meticulously. And not a single one of them heard anything other than fight.”

However, Album of The Year winners Mumford and Sons did swear during their acceptance speech with Marcus Mumford referencing Adele, who handed the band their award, and saying: “We didn’t win last year cos she (Adele) was nominated for fucking everything.” Editors running the show on a 10-second delay managed to remove the profanity from their broadcast however, saving themselves from a potential fine.