Then during Sunday night’s headlining set at Glastonbury, The Who guitarist Pete Towsend slammed West for making the claim that he’s “the greatest living rock star on the planet”.
The rapper, 38, who divided opinions with his headline act on Saturday, had a compound built for his 250-strong crew. It is assessing the complaints before deciding whether to investigate.
“An Ofcom spokesperson tells WENN, “(We had) 44 complaints about offensive language in Kanye West’s performance. The second one is a snippet of this one, with subtitles added by the BBC.
Florence Welch, leader of Florence + The Machine, gave a stunning and theatrical performance on Friday, proving she was capable of the coveted headline slot after being promoted at short notice after the Foo Fighters were forced to pull out when lead singer David Grohl broke his leg.
Many people reacted with horror at the song choice. He mouthed along to “I’m just a poor boy”, before forgetting the words and just, sort of, opening his mouth repeatedly.
“I’m going to say this tonight because 20 years from now, 30 years from now, 40 years from now, I might not be able to say it, but I can say it tonight”, said Kanye, as he introduced his biggest hit Gold Digger.
With honoring his mother, paying homage to one of the finest rock bands and getting the crowd engaged seemed to be the mission of West. However overall, there is also the feeling that West wanted to prove to the over 130,000 petitioners that not only was he worthy of performing at Glastonbury, but that he can do it in grand fashion.
It was a taste of his own medicine for West after the rapper famously interrupted Taylor Swift and Beck during awards acceptance speeches.
The rapper was joined onstage by Bon Iver rocker Justin Vernon for their track Lost in the World – prior to which he paid tribute to his wife Kim Kardashian for inspiring the lyrics – and a rendition of Hold My Liquor. The couple arrived at the festival by helicopter. The audience answered the rocker with a large roar.