Eminem Lil Wayne and Drake: WTF was up with their performance on the Grammys
Happen to catch that Eminem/Lil Wayne/Drake performance at the Grammys on Sunday? Exactly! WTF was the point of broadcasting it? For a while, we thought our satellite signal was fubar until we realized it was just the CBS censors working overtime. Every time one of the guys uttered what we can only assume were naughty words during "Drop the World" and "Forever," gaping, excruciatingly long moments of absolute silence followed. Really. See for yourself.
Ridiculous, yeah? Chris Ender, a spokesperson for the network had this to say. "It was a rousing musical performance," he told the Associated Press, "but words were edited from the live telecast that didn't meet our broadcast standards. We have great respect for artists' creative freedom, but there are certain things you can't say, or sing, on television."
We presume that Ender's referring to words like "fuck," "shit," "bitch" and other variations of the infamous f-bomb, but we can't be too certain -- again, all we heard during the show was the sound of, um, nothing. We understand the aversion to broadcasting profane content, what with the whole wardrobe malfunction incident still casting a shadow. Just the same, why invite these guys to perform that song? Didn't anyone request a lyric sheet? Guess not.
Anyhow, thanks to LeBron James, seen here mouthing the words to "Forever" during a timeout, it's now a little less of a mystery. King James -- who reportedly drafted the guys to perform the song for the soundtrack of More Than a Game, the upcoming doc focusing on him -- evidently didn't find the words too offensive. (Nice flow there, BTW. Color us impressed.)
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