Skepta fans angered over censorship of Brit Award performance

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Grime artist Skepta was one of a handful of acts invited to perform live during the Brit Awards - but fans of the rapper were outraged after large portions of his performance were censored for broadcast.

The rapper, whose last album Konnichiwa was awarded the 2016 Mercury prize, delivered a blistering performance of single Shutdown - but sections of the song were inaudible to viewers at home, the sound presumably having been turned off due to bad language.

The song's lyrics feature repeated use of the word "pussy," which was muted throughout. Fans questioned the need for the censorship, particularly as it was broadcast after the 9pm watershed, and Brits Awards host Dermot O'Leary had moments earlier introduced the performance by saying  “everyone go bats**t crazy for Skepta." 

Skepta previously appeared at the Brits in 2015, when he was one of a number of rappers to join Kanye West on stage. His performance at this year's awards featured an audio skit referring back to that night, in which a female voice complains about watching a group of black men "all dressed in black, dancing extremely aggressively" on "prime-time TV". 

ITV has been approached for comment.

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