ITV defends decision to censor Kanye West’s Brit Awards performance

West performed new track 'All Day' at the ceremony last night (February 25)

ITV has defended its decision to repeatedly mute Kanye West during his Brit Awards performance, stating that it is “standard practice” to protect audiences from inappropriate language.

West ran through a new track called ‘All Day’, which is to appear on his upcoming new album. However, due to a large number of curse words, much of the song was muted in the nearly-live TV coverage, leading to anger and criticism from viewers.

“ITV took the decision to use an audio mute during the performance,” a statement from ITV reads. “The Brits is broadcast live on ITV from 8pm to a wide audience. We have operated a short time delay as standard practice for some years on the show, to allow us to mute language that may be inappropriate for that wide audience, and elected to do so in this case, given the performance took place shortly after the 9pm watershed.”

West was joined onstage by a group of backing performers, and gave a shout out to UK grime artist Skepta. See both the censored version that was broadcast and the full, unedited version of the performance below.

West previously won three Brit Awards and has been nominated eight times in total. He last performed at the Brits in 2006, when he played ‘Diamonds From Sierra Leone’, ‘Gold Digger’ and ‘Touch The Sky’.

The Brit Awards took place at London’s O2 Arena last night (February 25), with the show streaming live worldwide on YouTube.

Earlier in the evening, West posed for photographs with customers after being spotted in a London branch of Nando’s.