LOS ANGELES ( Associated Press) — Sean “Diddy” Combs has built one of hip-hop’s biggest empires, blazing with his music television network and fashion line, and his now decorated career has earned him the BET Awards topper One of the honors earned. this month.
Combs will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award on June 26, the network announced Monday. He is the founder of Bad Boy Records and a three-time Grammy winner, having worked with top tier artists including Notorious Big, Mary J Blige, Usher, Lil Kim, Faith Evans and 112.
The music mogul created a fashion clothing line called Sean John, launched Rebellion TV with a focus on music and has his own vodka. He also produced the reality show “Making the Band” for MTV.
Scott Mills, CEO of BET, said in a statement, “Diddy has always been a leading force in our community, breaking down barriers, achieving unprecedented heights, blazing new paths, and in doing so, for all of us. raises the bar.” “Her virtuosity only matches her range – from music to media, culture, business and philanthropy – Didi exemplifies Black excellence.”
The award is given to an individual who has shaped culture through his career and is a “transformative leader who inspires successive generations.”
Past recipients have included Prince, Whitney Houston, Queen Latifah, Samuel L. Jackson, Lionel Richie, Anita Baker and New Edition.
Combs, 52, won Grammys for her platinum-selling 1997 album “No Way Out” and single “I’ll Be Missing You”, a song dedicated to the late Notorious Big who died earlier that year. He won another Grammy for “Shake or Tailfeather” with Nelly and Murphy Lee.
In 2004, the rapper-producer played Walter Lee Younger in the Broadway revival of “A Raisin in the Sun”, which aired as a television adaptation four years later. He also appeared in films including “Get Him to the Greek” and “Monster Ball”.
Last month, Combs recently hosted the Billboard Music Awards.
“Puff’s contribution to culture goes beyond hip-hop,” said executive producer Jesse Collins of the awards. “Growing up in DC, I watched his rise at Howard University as he left behind black excellence from day one. It is an honor to celebrate him now, while he is still on his incredible journey.”
Taraji P. Henson will host the show live from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.