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  • Rihanna was reportedly miffed when the Brit Awards, the UK equivalent of the Grammys, told her to change the racy lyrics of her song for a televised performance. But the singer got even.

    The 23-year-old singer was reportedly given “strict instructions” to tone down the lyrics of her song, which was broadcast on the awards show via a live feed from the O2 Arena where she was performing.

    She changed the offending verse:

    “Sex in the air, I don’t care

    I love the smell of it.”

    But she didn’t change her racy costume, which drew howls of protest from some viewers.

    Awards show producers should have known better.

    She caused a similar uproar along with Christina Aguilera for over-the-top performances on the UK show, “The X Factor,” which drew a rebuke from UK censors.

    Her video for the song has been banned by Britain’s national Radio 1 and by 11 other countries, because, among other things, Rihanna sucks a banana and flaunts bondage gear, according to London’s Daily Mail.

    For the performance, Rihanna cast off a red cape and hood and was dressed in a tight body suit with a neckline that plunged to her naval. Check out the performance below.