ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - CBS apologized Friday to American Indians angered by OutKast's Grammy Awards performance, which featured feathers and war paint.
"We are very sorry if anyone was offended," said Nancy Carr, a CBS spokeswoman in Los Angeles.
As the final act of Sunday's Grammy telecast, OutKast's Andre "3000" Benjamin and several dancers swirled wildly around a green teepee as he sang "Hey Ya!" Costumes included war paint, feathers and fringe.
George Toya of the Jemez Pueblo powwow group Black Eagle, who was in the audience at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, said he was initially happy when he heard the chant that opened OutKast's performance. He thought he was about to see an American Indian group perform.
Indianz.com launched an online petition calling for an apology from Andre. By Wednesday night, there were 2,500 signatures.