BET has issued an apology to Usher for muting part of his Lifetime Achievement Award speech during the network‘s BET Awards.

A spokesperson from the network told The Hollywood Reporter that an audio malfunction caused part of Usher’s improvised speech to get cut off from the airwaves.

“Celebrating global icon Usher on our stage with a star-studded tribute and having him accept his award with a heartfelt speech was an honor,” the spokesperson said. “Due to an audio malfunction during the live telecast, portions of his speech were inadvertently muted. We extend our sincere apologies to Usher as we couldn’t be more grateful for his participation in culture’s biggest night. Fans can catch his full uninterrupted speech across BET platforms and tonight’s encore on BET.”

What did Usher say during his 2024 BET Awards speech?

HuffPost UK reports that during Usher’s speech, he talked about his darkest points.

Cursing beforehand, Usher said, “I’m sorry I’m cursing, this is just how I really feel. At one point it got really thick, and motherf—ers wasn’t f—ing with me. I get it, I understand, sometimes you gotta go through some s–t to get to something.”

The Hollywood Reporter also wrote that the singer/performer talked about forgiveness, referencing his relationship with his father.

“We gotta be willing to forgive. We gotta be willing to be open. I’m telling you–you’re standing before a man who had to forgive a man who never showed up, ever, and look what I made with it,” he said. “Look at what I was able to usher in. That’s what’s real and that’s what makes us human.”