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Singer was accused of using an obscenity in his awards show performance, but CBS says it is certain he didn't

Jack White did not swear on TV during Sunday night's Grammys live show, according to the event's host broadcaster CBS. The TV network says its 13 experts and "state-of-the-art equipment" have confirmed the singer said "fight", not "fuck" during his performance.

White's controversial syllable came as part of his rendition of Love Interruption, performed with Ruby Amanfu. "I want love to walk right up and bite me," they crooned, "Grab a hold of me and …" at which point hundreds of viewers tweeted that they heard the words "fuck me".

CBS, however, has rejected accusations of on-air impropriety. "We had 10 editors, and three people on site … and not a single one of them heard anything other than 'fight'," Martin Franks, an executive vice-president, told the Hollywood Reporter. Working with a 10-second tape delay, »

- Sean Michaels

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