It’s always a party when Diddy’s around. Whether he’s producing a fire track or firing off some words, Sean “Diddy” Combs is sure to get the people riled up. He’s the host of this year’s Billboard Music Awards and he’s taking the stage to make a statement against ‘cancel culture’.
Two controversial artists are slated to perform at this year’s show (among tons of non-controversial ones -like, it’s not just them); Morgan Wallen and Travis Scott. Apparently, Diddy was adamant about making sure they were allowed to take the stage this year, despite the controversy surrounding them. Diddy addressed the announcement on Instagram, “I made a request; I made a demand. I said my brother Travis Scott has to perform … And NBC said yes.” This will be Scott’s first live performance since his deadly Astroworld Festival in Houston last November. As for Wallen? This will be his first award show performance since being banned (from a lot of other ceremonies) after being caught using the n-word on camera. Them returning to the stage highlights two themes that Billboard says Combs wants to bring to this year’s show: “Love and forgiveness.”
“As a music family, none of us are saints; none of us are without things that happen to them in life, so one of the things I’m doing directly is un-canceling the canceled,” he said to Billboard during a press junket last week. “That’s breaking news because people haven’t been about un-canceling. But canceling is a trend that needs to stop.” He added, “My brother Travis Scott has to perform. Travis went through a tragedy; Morgan [hurled the n-word] while talking to his boy. People make mistakes. Now we’re moving on with love and respect for everybody that was hurt or affected. It’s time to forgive.”
The 2022 Billboard Music Awards will air tomorrow night (Sun. May 15th) on NBC at 8 PM EST from the MGM Grand in Vegas.