"I'm very sorry for anyone who could've been offended," Nutter said during an impromptu news conference.
After receiving complaints about high use of curse words by performers during the live show, the mayor reviewed tapes of all the performances.
He said three artists -- the comedian and host
The mayor said he was looking at options going forward. One, he said, is not to invite back those performers.
"They are required to perform in such a way that is subject to network broadcast standards and practices" for live TV, he said, adding that artists are well aware of the rules.
Nutter defended the other artists who were bleeped out by 6ABC as a precautionary measure because of the nature of their lyrics.
Though bleeped, the band the Roots and the singer-songwriter
Minaj, however, used "inappropriate language and curse words," during her performance of a song called "
Nutter said that in seven years as mayor, this was the first time profanity was an issue at a July Fourth concert. He said lessons were learned, but he did not spell out what might be done differently next year.
He wouldn't say whether Minaj would still be welcome. "I'm not going to get into predicting a year out who we are going to have," he said.
Aside from the cursing, Nutter said it was a great weeklong celebration leading up to the
"It was a great concert," he said.
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