OUTKAST star ANDRE 3000's performance at Sunday's (08FEB04) Grammy Awards has fallen foul of Native Americans, who accuse of him of playing on racial stereotypes.

Some Indian groups are calling for a boycott of TV network CBS, which broadcast the ceremony, deeming Andre 3000's neon green Native American attire during his performance of hit track HEY YA! offensive.

The rapper and back-up dancers wore green buckskin dresses and green buckskin leggings, while a tipi with smoke billowing out of it was used as a background prop during the performance.

A board member of the NATIVE AMERICAN CULTURAL CENTER in San Francisco called the performance the "most disgusting set of racial stereotypes aimed at American Indians ever seen".

ANDREW BROTHER ELK, chair of the cultural centre, has filed a formal complaint with America's FEDERAL COMPLAINTS COMMISSION.

A spokesperson for CBS has issued an apology, saying the network is "very sorry if anyone was offended by the performance".

11/02/2004 09:23