By JONATHAN LANDRUM Jr., AP Leisure Author
LOS ANGELES (AP) — With a speech about his personal inspirational dream for the Black neighborhood, Sean “Diddy” Combs channeled the spirit of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. whereas accepting the BET Awards’ highest honor Sunday evening.
After Combs obtained his Lifetime Achievement Award, the music mogul mentioned God put a particular message in his coronary heart to ship his “new dream.” He was offered the award by Babyface and Ye (previously referred to as Kanye West), who referred to as Combs his “favourite artist” rising up.
“I received this dream of Black individuals being free,” Combs mentioned, with Babyface and Ye standing behind him on the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. “I received this dream of us controlling our personal future. I received this dream of us taking accountability and cease killing one another. I received this dream of us being wealthy and rich and residing on the identical block. I’ve this dream of us unifying.”
The BET Awards have fun the contributions that folks of coloration have made by way of the leisure realm, highlighting winners in 19 classes, together with movie and sports activities.
Doja Cat, Drake and Ari Lennox entered the awards with essentially the most nominations, however got here away with no trophies. Silk Sonic — fashioned by Bruno Mars and Anderson .Paak — gained two awards together with album of the 12 months for his or her mission “An Night with Silk Sonic.”
The present’s Oscar-nominated host, Taraji P. Henson, mentioned Combs’ affect is “massive for the tradition.”
Throughout Combs’ speech, he paid homage to the late Andre Harrell, who launched his profession, in addition to his mom for working a number of jobs throughout his childhood and the late Kim Porter, his longtime girlfriend and mom of his three youngsters.
“I miss you a lot Kim,” mentioned Combs. Earlier, in a star-studded tribute efficiency to Combs, he devoted an emotional video montage to Porter. The nostalgic tribute included appearances from Mary J. Blige, Lil Kim, Busta Rhymes, Jodeci, Shyne and Religion Evans.
Combs based Dangerous Boy Data and is a three-time Grammy winner who has labored with a slew of top-tier artists together with Infamous B.I.G., Blige, Usher, Lil Kim, Evans and 112. He created the style clothes line referred to as Sean John, launched Revolt TV with a give attention to music and has his personal vodka. He additionally produced the truth present “Making the Band” for MTV.
In 2004, the rapper-producer performed Walter Lee Youthful within the Broadway revival of “A Raisin within the Solar,” which aired as a tv adaption 4 years later. He is additionally appeared in movies together with “Get Him to the Greek” and “Monster’s Ball.”
Previous recipients of the award embrace Prince, Whitney Houston, Queen Latifah, Samuel L. Jackson, Lionel Richie, Anita Baker and New Version.
Babyface and Ye each referred to as Combs a “legend.”
“This man has been by way of and survived numerous stuff and broke down numerous doorways so we will be standing – I do know for me, that I will be right here right now,” mentioned Ye, carrying a black face protecting. “He broke down so many doorways of classism, style, tradition, swag.”
Combs’ honor got here on the identical evening when different massive stars used the BET Awards to strongly criticize the Supreme Courtroom’s current choice to strip away girls’s constitutional safety for abortion.
Henson took the stage because the present’s host with an uplifting message about “Black excellence” earlier than she launched into the court docket’s overturning of the landmark Roe v. Wade ruling final week. The actor took the stage after Lizzo opened the present with a flute solo in a glittery-gold outfit performing her single “About Rattling Time.”
“It’s about rattling time we discuss the truth that weapons have extra rights than a girl. It’s a tragic day in America,” mentioned Henson. She thanked Lizzo, who together with ticket vendor and live performance promotion firm Stay Nation not too long ago donated $1 million in tour proceeds to Deliberate Parenthood.
Grammy-nominated singer Janelle Monae held up their center finger towards the Supreme Courtroom earlier than introducing nominees for finest feminine R&B/pop artist.
“These artists are making artwork on our personal phrases, proudly owning our truths and expressing ourselves freely and unapologetically in a world that tries to regulate and police our our bodies, my physique and our selections, my physique,” mentioned the singer, who additionally paid homage to the LGBTQ+ neighborhood. “F— you Supreme Courtroom. I do know we’re celebrating us proper now, as we should always. We completely need to have fun — particularly now we should always have fun our artwork by defending our proper and our truths.”
Afterwards, Monae launched Grammy winner Jazmine Sullivan because the class’s winner — who made a plea to males for his or her help of girls.
“It’s a tough time for us,” Sullivan mentioned. “I wish to communicate on to the boys: We’d like y’all. We’d like y’all to face up, get up for us, get up with us. If you happen to’ve ever benefitted from a girl making one of many hardest selections of her life, which is to terminate a being pregnant, it’s good to be standing. This isn’t only a lady’s concern. That is all people’s concern. We’d like your help greater than ever.”
Latto gave an emotional speech after she gained finest new artist.
“It’s giving pro-choice,” mentioned the rapper, who later carried out her smash hit “Huge Vitality” with Mariah Carey. “It’s by no means giving a person policing my physique.”
Singer Tems devoted her finest worldwide act award to the various girls who “dare to dream.”
“The place I’m from, issues like this don’t occur,” mentioned the Lagos, Nigeria-born singer who gained finest collaboration with Justin Bieber and Wizkid for his or her track “Essence.” “It is a dream. If you happen to’re watching me, I need you to think about your self as me since you are supposed to be right here too.”
Jack Harlow carried out “Poison” alongside Lil Wayne earlier than Brandy hit the stage with him for his hit “First Class.” Whereas Harlow and Brandy carried out, the digicam turned to her brother, Ray J, who was seen dancing within the viewers.
Likelihood the Rapper and Joey Bada$$ carried out “The Highs & the Lows.” In her pink robe, Muni Lengthy opened her set with a snippet of “Time Machine” earlier than her jam “Hrs & Hrs.”
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