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 night time.
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 introduced the award by Babyface and Ye (previously often known 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 dwelling on the identical block. I’ve this dream of us unifying.”
The BET Awards have fun the contributions that individuals of shade have made by means 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 — shaped by Bruno Mars and Anderson .Paak — gained two awards together with album of the 12 months for his or her undertaking “An Night with Silk Sonic.”
The present’s Oscar-nominated host, Taraji P. Henson, mentioned Combs’ affect is “huge 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 kids.
“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 concentrate on 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 means 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 this moment,” mentioned Ye, carrying a black face overlaying. “He broke down so many doorways of classism, style, tradition, swag.”
Combs’ honor got here on the identical night time when different huge stars used the BET Awards to strongly criticize the Supreme Courtroom’s latest determination to strip away ladies’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 courtroom’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 Reside Nation just lately 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 lads: We’d like y’all. We’d like y’all to face up, arise for us, arise 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 is advisable be standing. This isn’t only a lady’s concern. That is everyone’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 “Large 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 ladies 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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