MTV bleeped Olivia Rodrigo’s performance, but they didn’t need to.
As Bieber was performing “Ghost,” Rodrigo was suspended on a cloud-like platform at the other end of the oval stage. When her turn came, she descended and launched into a vibrant performance of “Good 4 U.”
In the studio version of the song, Rodrigo sings, “It’s like we never even happened / Baby, what the fuck is up with that?”
If you were watching on TV, you probably assumed that Rodrigo didn’t censor herself, since MTV bleeped the line. But in real life, Rodrigo didn’t swear. She sang “what” instead of “fuck.”
From what I could hear of the backing track, it sounded like Rodrigo was supposed to sing, “Baby, tell me what is up with that?”