Sean “Diddy” Combs will use his 2022 Billboard Music Awards hosting and executive producer roles to spread “love and forgiveness” around some formerly unattainable friends.
The 52-year-old entertainment mogul backed the show’s decision to add rapper Travis Scott and country singer Morgan Wallen to its star-studded performance lineup.
In fact, Diddy “demanded” that Scott perform.
“I said, ‘My brother Travis Scott has to perform’ … and NBC said yes,” Diddy said in an Instagram video.
“As a musical family, none of us are saints; None of us are without the things that happen to them in life,” he said in a Billboard interview.
“So one thing I’m doing straight away is canceling. It’s breaking news because people aren’t about to cancel. But cancellations are a trend that needs to stop,” he said of the popular Gen Z trend. Said about
“Travis went through a tragedy; morgan [used the N-word] Talking to your guy,” the self-proclaimed “primetime puff” reminded readers. “People make mistakes. We are now moving forward with love and respect for everyone who has been hurt or affected. It’s time to forgive.”
“Morgan and Travis are able to touch the stage again with the mindset of coming back and getting a second chance at life. Everyone in the room is getting a second chance at life, you know, because we’re back inside without masks. We are in need of love and I am looking forward to celebrate it.”
The careers of both Scott and Wallen took a hit in 2021.
A video recorded by a neighbor of Wallen’s, who is white, abusing while intoxicated, went viral in February. While coverage of the incident helped drive sales of his digital album and songs, radio stations banned his songs and Big Loud Records suspended his deal “indefinitely” according to NBC.
The 29-year-old “Wasted On You” singer was pulled from streaming services and deemed ineligible for the Academy of Country Music and Country Music Television Awards.
He eventually apologized for the comment on Instagram and admitted that the term came from “72-hour bender.” He attended rehab, took months off from performances and apologized again on “Good Morning America”, but could not shake the effects of the incident.
In November, they announced “The Dangerous Tour”, which began in February. The yatra will end in October.
Meanwhile, Scott, now 31, has been lying down since 10 people were crushed to death at their annual Astroworld festival in Houston on November 5.
The “Goosebumps” rapper, venue and festival promoters have been slapped with over 100 lawsuits over the incident.
Houston Police Chief Troy Finner claimed he had personally warned Scott about “public safety” in his trailer before the fatal incident.
There was an uproar on social media after a video of fans passing by in the stampede surfaced. Scott stopped the show several times but received backlash when the show went ahead despite the crowd’s “stop the show” chants, as well as ambulances assisting struggling fans.
Scott and “Sicko Mode” collaborator Drake celebrated at Dave and Buster’s after the incident.
Scott told Charlemagne Tha God that he knew nothing of the tragedy until “minutes ago”. [police] Press conference.”
He performed for the first time since Astroworld at the E11EVEN nightclub during the Miami Grand Prix in Florida on Saturday.
But all this is old news for Didi.
The 2022 Billboard Music Awards will begin streaming on NBC or Peacock on Sunday at 8 p.m.