Grammys Catch Heat For bleeped lyrics

NEW YORK – Did anybody notice that, late in Sunday’s telecast of the Grammy Awards show, the sound went on the fritz?

The mikes went dead for seconds on end, over and over, like some kind of short circuit no one could fix.
This apparent technical snafu seemed to crop up during the big production number with rap artists Eminem, Lil Wayne and Drake, who ended up miming as much as singing for the TV audience.
More than coincidence?

Not to any of the 25 million viewers wondering why certain recording stars were invited to appear on a show while the sort of music that earned their invitation was turned into audio Swiss cheese.

To be honest, the rap medley of the songs “Forever” and “Drop the World” contained some lyrics you might not hear in Sunday school. But this wasn’t Sunday school — it was actually late Sunday night, on a TV extravaganza celebrating a wide range of music.

CBS, caught in the dilemma of having it both ways, sought to include on the Grammycast cutting-edge artists whose music is selling like hotcakes, while, at the same time, it felt compelled to take every precaution to prevent a vocal version of a wardrobe malfunction.

“It was a rousing musical performance, but words were edited from the live telecast that didn’t meet our broadcast standards,” said CBS spokesman Chris Ender. “We have great respect for artists’ creative freedom, but there are certain things you can’t say, or sing, on television.”

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