It is not easy being a man of many talents, as such titles as a rapper, songwriter, record producer, entrepreneur and fashion designer are hard to come by. Working hard in Hollywood is how a celebrity like Kanye West earned his status. The 37-year-old, man of all trades in the music industry is recognized for many achievements such as working on hit singles with other well-known artists like rapper, Jay-Z, Alicia Keys and Ludacris. West has made a name for himself in the music industry, as a man with his high-profile career and the man with many controversies, the latest one at the 2015 Billboard Music Awards.
Recognition should come easily to West nowadays, as he has accomplished quite a bit in his music career. He is seen as one of the best-selling artists of all time, with sales reaching more than 21 million records and 100 million digital downloads. His 21 Grammy awards have made him one of the most well-awarded Grammy artists of his age and one of the most awarded artists of all time. In 2005, 2011 and 2015, West was named one of the 100 most influential people in the world by Time Magazine. Three of the artist’s albums rank on the Rolling Stone’s 2012 500 Greatest Albums of All Time list and two of his albums feature at number eight and number one in the Pitchforl’s Media’s the 100 Best Albums of 2010-2014.
Even though, the rapper has been successful, he has had his share of controversy. He is an outspoken performer in Hollywood and has had some unpleasant run-ins with other celebrities in the industry. The music celebrity has had a lot to say and has voiced his opinion publicly on several occasions. Now it looks like the tables have turned and others may have a different opinion of his performance.
The man has made a name for himself and has come together with some well-known brands such as Nike, Louis Vuitton, Adidas, and A.P.C. A man who is not afraid to speak his mind or sing what is on his mind has recently performed at the recent Billboard Music Awards on May 17th, 2015 and his music specifically songs such as All Day and Black Skinhead were censored. Large pieces of the songs were not broadcasted, leading some to wonder if there was an audio mishap or if it was intentional. West did not react well to these actions and claims that this was due to unfair silencing to the lyrics that did not contain any profanities. Meaning that once again in the career of Kanye West controversy has given him a bad name, this time at the Billboard Music Awards.
West who is currently married and has a child with reality star, Kim Kardashian, has worked to make a good name for himself in the music industry and achieving these accomplishments has taken time and many hits on the charts. He is known for hits such as Gone, Spaceship, Coming Home, Coldest Winter, Big Brother, Diamonds From Sierra Leone, Flashing Lights, Through the Wire, New Slaves, and Jesus Walks.
West is a performer and a good one. He inspires and motivates others to be like him, but he also demands a reaction from his actions and his performances. West is one of the most well-known rappers and demands the recognition. The abilities that this performer shows are top-rank but the controversies continue to follow him. After the recent 2015 Billboard performance, many question if the smoke that covered West as he came out to perform was intentional or just a mistake. While, others question if most the singer’s lyrics being bleeped out were intentional as well or was there a mishap with the microphone. There were some unexpected reactions to West’s performance and it was not the usual reaction. Leaving the stage hearing boos does not boost the confidence of a well-known performer.
At the end of the day, West is a performer, an artist in the music industry and taking the positive along with the negative comes with the territory. The multi-talented performer will get past this mishap because it is part of the business. Actions are usually more trustworthy than words, so West has proven that he is true to himself. West’s career and his controversy at the 2015 Billboard Music Awards have collided. This is Hollywood and West will get over this too, but right now the singer is dwelling on the treatment of his performance.
By Elina Brik