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Should Recording Artists Skip Explicit Performances at Award Shows?

Fergie 2012/07/02 19:00:00
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Jay-Z, Kanye West, Chris Brown and Beyonce all won big last night at the BET awards. The awards show featured a tribute to Whitney Houston and many other performances from award winners. Unfortunately, many of the performances were heavily censored resulting in long moments of awkward silence for TV viewers. Should artists opt for more "TV-friendly" performances at televised award shows? Or should they perform their songs exactly how they were written?

Entire segments of performances, from Nicki Minaj to Rick Ross, were muted out due to foul language and obscenities, though several vulgarities were heard on air.

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  • Balladeer-PWCM-POTL 2012/07/02 19:24:51
    Yes
    Balladeer-PWCM-POTL
    +21
    BUT they won't because they lack TALENT and therefor NEED a gimmick like shock. and thank you for your posting here...WHY because when i tell the truth about Rap and filth i am called a racist and the defenders say 'the filth is a rarity'

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  • American nightowl 2012/09/18 03:34:03 (edited)
    American
    Frankly speaking no one gives a F**K about the people who don't like "base stimulation". There are a hell of a lot of people who do. They are the ones who buy the music and you don't. That make you and "a lot of people who don't like base stimulation" irrelevant and insignificant in the grand scheme of things. Go figure.
  • ivegotloveinmypants 2012/07/03 15:26:53
    Yes
    ivegotloveinmypants
    +2
    And skip the slutty artists who do them: Rihanna, Nicki Minaj.
  • American ivegotl... 2012/07/03 15:37:32
    American
    If the money the "slutty artists" earns is any evidence, many love Rhianna and Nikki in all of their sluttinest. To each his own.
  • ivegotl... American 2012/07/04 17:08:09
    ivegotloveinmypants
    Of course. But they do not earn as much as you are lead to believe, and they certainly don't sell anything worth repeating. A lot of performance money goes to management and the people around them, and to tax-they aren't as rich.
  • SO WRONG IT'S KATIE 2012/07/03 15:23:09 (edited)
    No
    SO WRONG IT'S KATIE
    +1
    I think they should be able to say what they want. Just because they use a foul words doesn't mean they're untalented. In this generation everyone teen basically uses those words. Its not a big deal. Nor is the music they perform if it's dirty. I love these musicians I think they're awesome and so does basically everyone I know. Our parents don't like it cause they're older and listen to stuff we don't even like. They had vulgar music back in their day and listened to it so they cannot preach to us about it. Our music is fine censored or not.
  • nightowl SO WRON... 2012/07/03 16:38:39
    nightowl
    There is lots of great music being written today, some of it might even be in the hip-hop genre. But no one's buying it or playing it on the radio. Why? Because it's a lot easier to sell cheap "art" containing sex, violence, and vulgarity. The record companies started figuring that out even before your parents' day. But now they've got it down to a science. Since the early 1900s, music has progressively more and more base stimulation and less and less actual music.
  • Lanikai 2012/07/03 15:18:32
    Yes
    Lanikai
    +1
    But, with the awards shows, that is what the viewers tune in to see. The scandal, the half dressed, the lewd and lascivious.

    I wouldn't watch BET ot MTV on a dollar dare, but a lot of folks will.


    And that photo of the fat chick in spandex-NASTY.
  • Mark 2012/07/03 15:12:33
    Yes
    Mark
    +4
    Not sure why this is even a question. If these people can't calm their language, they don't deserve to even be on any type of award show.
  • azuredragon 2012/07/03 15:11:08
    Yes
    azuredragon
    +8
    unfortunately it has become acceptable in the BET culture to be racist, bigoted, pro-criminal, pro-drugs, pro-exploitation of women, pro-indiscriminant sexuality, pro-murder. pro-rape and generally anti-morality. It is hard for a moral person to be accepting of the so-called "black" culture when that culture acts with and promotes such depravity
  • Lanikai azuredr... 2012/07/03 15:19:29
    Lanikai
    And they WONDER where they went wring, and why their kids are preggers at 14, and living on welfare, working in a strip club and being treated like a bunny ranch worker.
  • ivegotl... Lanikai 2012/07/03 15:29:37
    ivegotloveinmypants
    +3
    Not every black person is like this, but you are right.
  • Lanikai ivegotl... 2012/07/03 15:45:31
    Lanikai
    It is the same crap on MTV and VH1 and most other music stations THAT is a certainty. But the other stations have less of an influence on the day to day life of folks.
  • god son ivegotl... 2012/07/03 17:58:54
    god son
    You wrote "not every black person is like this", as if BET represents the entire African-American race. How is Lanikai comment right?
  • American Lanikai 2012/07/03 15:43:26
    American
    There are many White people and other races and their kids who are no different or worse . So the pot is in no position to talk about the kettle. :-)
  • Lanikai American 2012/07/03 15:51:11
    Lanikai
    I work in a field with a LOT of exposure to the downside of ALL music channels, and I see more copying of one than the others,.

    Very few people copy Toby Keith, but a whole lot of folks copy whatever rapper is hot.
  • American Lanikai 2012/07/03 16:08:41
    American
    If one does not like RAP or HIPHOP music no one forces them to listen or copy it. Rappers and hip hop artists do not profess to be role models that's the parents job. I guess Toby Keith singing about sticking a boot up someones @$$ is more appropriate to copy.
  • Lanikai American 2012/07/03 19:23:22
    Lanikai
    They KNOW they influence the community, so MAYBE they should try some positive messaging.
  • American Lanikai 2012/07/03 19:57:55
    American
    If the community is so easily influenced, maybe they should learn to not being so easily led. I remember when people use to claim that Elvis Presley and rock and roll was a bad influence in the community. The community turned out just fine. Just like rock and roll, rap/hip hop's time too shall pass and this generation will be none the worse for it. Look how well you turned out. I have never heard rap music has influenced anyone into a life of crime.
  • ivegotl... azuredr... 2012/07/03 15:29:08
    ivegotloveinmypants
    +2
    Makes other black people liek me ashamed. Think back: jesse Owens, Martin Luther King, WEB du Bois etc etc never resorted to this base behaviour. And they got somewhere.
  • American ivegotl... 2012/07/03 15:46:26
    American
    It would also help if more people of all races were functionally literate. Just saying.
  • Lanikai ivegotl... 2012/07/03 15:51:33
    Lanikai
    +2
    Martin Luther had the right idea, content of character NOT color of skin.
  • sensible azuredr... 2012/07/03 15:40:27
    sensible
    +2
    That not black culture, I am a black woman, I don't watch, buy or consider any award at BET to legimate. It has become a show and a network of pure ignorance.
  • nightowl sensible 2012/07/03 16:52:55
    nightowl
    What frustrates me is that, although you are 100% right in that this music and these shows do not represent black culture, these "artists" are saying the exact opposite. They see themselves and their fans as being the only ones that are, "keepin it real..." The worst part is they have the loudest voice and the biggest presence...they are the black people that everyone sees and hears. Frustrating...

    There have been many great black people throughout history, but whose words are memorized and repeating in young people's heads more: MLK's or Lil Wayne's? Frustrating....
  • sensible nightowl 2012/07/22 17:22:18
    sensible
    You make a good point about the young people saying they are keeping it real. Might I suggest they have not a clue as to what is real. MLK's name should never be mentioned in the same sentence with lil Wayne. Mlk moved us forward and Lil Wayne moved us backward. I am sure that MLK, Rosa, Malcolm even my mother and father are rolling in thier graves and wandering is this what we fought and died for. I will never equate this ignorant culture to the black culture. It's igornant, it doesn't make sense, a bunch of little boys crabing thier crouches and little girls acting just like them. I am black and proud, but when it's igorance it does not matter what color you are, igorance has no color.
  • god son azuredr... 2012/07/03 18:02:17 (edited)
    god son
    unfortunately, some people can't distinguish reality from fiction. Your comment is ridiculous.
  • Rdtourist 2012/07/03 15:08:19
    Yes
    Rdtourist
    +2
    A certain class of performers seem to think that they cannot express a cogent thought or a meaningful statement or song without burning the eardrums of those in the audience. What ever happened to entertainment that was suitable for a 12 year old in content? If you are out clubbing, that is one thing, if you are on stage at an outdoor concert open to the general public or on TV, that is an entirely different thing.
  • Sodahead Founders are Fascists 2012/07/03 14:58:49
    No
    Sodahead Founders are Fascists
    +1
    I am against censorship.
  • Rdtourist Sodahea... 2012/07/03 15:10:19 (edited)
    Rdtourist
    +4
    Self restraint, self censorship and self pride in presentation are SO lacking in many of the so-called entertainers these days, they use language that would make a Marine in combat blush.

    ED for spelling, part of pride in presentation.
  • Pam 2012/07/03 14:57:11
    Yes
    Pam
    +5
    If you can't perform without using foul language that you know that its going to bleeped, why bother? Or perhaps you are not talented or mature enough to get the point across without foul language. These "artists" need to grow up or aquire talent somewhere.
  • sensible Pam 2012/07/03 15:44:28
    sensible
    You said it Pam, they lack talent.
  • wes 2012/07/03 14:48:17 (edited)
  • PokerFace 2012/07/03 14:43:25
    No
    PokerFace
    +1
    just make the songs originally with less swear words, they are not necessary
  • dimwit 2012/07/03 14:39:33
    Yes
    dimwit
    The saddest part of all of this is that now it has become fashionable for artists in the WHITE ENTERTAINMENT AWARDS to emulate their black brethren
  • ivegotl... dimwit 2012/07/03 15:35:33
    ivegotloveinmypants
    +1
    Not every black artists is like this. If your white entertainment stations gave those other artsist apart from rap more time, you would find a lot of decent musicians. And I wouldn't rush to say that some white artists are any better in character. Y'all like to believe the worst of blacks too easily.
    Was Whitney's music as appalling as Rick Ross's? Dionne Warwick? Aretha Franklin? Billie Holiday? Donna Summer? Aloe Black? Michael Kiwanuku? Diana Ross? Michael Jackson? Stevie Wonder? And loads of white artists have still imitated their music. White artists have been imitating plenty of our music before this load of filthy rag BET artists stuck their ugly mugs into the music industry.
    Look behind the sterotypes.
  • sensible ivegotl... 2012/07/03 15:50:59
    sensible
    I so agree with you, jsut because white artist are emulating this filth doesn't make it less filthy.
  • TruBluTopaz 2012/07/03 14:35:07
    Yes
    TruBluTopaz
    +1
    But this does give us insight into the real people behind those performances. I don't like them.
  • Centurion~PWCM~JLA 2012/07/03 14:33:54
    Yes
    Centurion~PWCM~JLA
    +2
    It makes no sense at all to butcher what "might" be good music just to throw in a few minutes of senseless foulness.

    This should be common sense folks.
  • fortycal_sig 2012/07/03 14:23:52
    Yes
    fortycal_sig
    Matter of taste. I don't actually care about this type of thing.
  • Umbreon! 2012/07/03 14:05:42
    Yes
    Umbreon!
    +3
    if we can't hear half of the performance, what's the point of it even being on television?
  • Cognito22 2012/07/03 13:54:19
    Yes
    Cognito22
    +3
    How stupid does one have to be to perform something that will be censored because it's considered too profane for a general audience.

    Do these performers take stupid pills?

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