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Los Angeles –
With a speech about his inspiring dream for the black community, Sean “Diddy” Combs expressed the spirit of Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. as he accepted the highest honor at the BET Awards Sunday night.
After Combs received a Lifetime Achievement Award, the music mogul said God put a special message in his heart to make his “new dream” come true. The award was given by Babyface and Ye (formerly Kanye West), who described Combs as his “favourite artist” as he grew up.
“I dreamed of black emancipation,” Combs said, while Babyface and Ye stand behind him at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. “I dreamed that we were in control of our own destiny. I dreamed that we would take responsibility and stop killing each other. I dreamed that we would be rich and wealthy and live in the same block. I have this dream in uniting us.”
The BET Awards celebrate the contributions made by people of color through the world of entertainment, highlighting winners in 19 categories, including movies and sports.
Doja Cat, Drake, and Ari Lennox entered the awards with the most nominations, but came out without any awards. Silk Sonic, written by Bruno Mars and Anderson Buck, won two awards, including Album of the Year, for their project An Evening with the Silk Sonic.
The Oscar-nominated host of the show, Taraji P. Henson, said Combs’ influence is “big for culture.”
During Combs’ speech, he paid tribute to the late Andre Harel, who started his career, as well as his mother for working several jobs during his childhood and the late Kim Porter, his longtime girlfriend and mother of three children.
“I miss you so much, Kim,” Combs said. Earlier, in a star-studded tribute performance for Combs, he dedicated an emotional video montage to Porter. The nostalgic tribute included appearances from Mary J. Blige, Lil’ Kim, Busta Rhymes, Giudici, Shane and Faith Evans.
Combs founded Bad Boy Records and is a three Grammy Award winner who has worked with a slew of A-list artists including Notorious BIG, Blige, Usher, Lil Kim, Evans and 112. Revolution TV with a focus on music and has its own vodka. He also produced the reality show “Making the Band” on MTV.
In 2004, the rapper and producer played Walter Lee Younger in the Broadway revival of A Raisin in the Sun, which aired as a TV show four years later. He has also appeared in films including “Get Him to the Greek” and “Monster’s Ball”.
Previous winners of the award include Prince, Whitney Houston, Queen Latifah, Samuel L. Jackson, Lionel Richie, Anita Baker and The New Edition.
Babyface and Ye both described Combs as a “legend.”
Ye said, wearing a black face covering, “This guy has gone through and survived so many things and broken so many doors that we can stand—I know for me that I can be here today.” “He smashed so many doors of class, taste, culture, and booty.”
Combs’ honor came on the same night as other big stars used the BET Awards to sharply criticize the US Supreme Court’s recent decision to strip women of constitutional protections for abortion.
Henson took to the stage as the show’s host with a message elevating “black discrimination” before she began overturning last week’s landmark Roe v. Wade ruling by the court. The actress took to the stage after Lizzo opened the show with Minnai in a gleaming gold outfit performing her song “About Damn Time”.
“It’s time to talk about the fact that guns have more rights than women,” Henson said. “It’s a sad day in America.” She thanked Lizzo, who, along with ticket sales and concert promotion company Live Nation, recently donated $1 million in tour proceeds to Planned Parenthood.
Grammy-nominated singer Janelle Monae raised her middle finger toward the Supreme Court before presenting nominees for Best R&B/pop Artist.
“These artists make art on our own terms, own our facts and express ourselves freely and unapologetically in a world that tries to control our bodies, my body, our decisions, and my body,” said the singer, who also paid tribute to the LGBTQ+ community. “F—Supreme Court. I know we celebrate now, as we should. We certainly deserve to be celebrated—especially now that we should celebrate our art by protecting our right and our truths.”
Next, Grammy Award winner Mona introduced Jasmine Sullivan as the winner in this category – who made an appeal to men for their support of women.
“It’s a tough time for us,” Sullivan said. “I want to speak directly to men: We need you all. We need you all to stand up, stand up for us, stand up with us. If I ever benefited from a woman making one of the hardest decisions of her life, ending a pregnancy, you should be standing up. This It’s not just a woman’s issue. This is everyone’s issue. We need your support more than ever.”
Lato gave an emotional speech after winning Best New Artist.
“It gives a pro choice,” said the rapper, who later performed her hit song “Big Energy” with Mariah Carey. “It never gives a man my body.”
Singer Tims has dedicated her Best International Acting award to several women who “Dare to Dream”.
“Where I come from, things like this don’t happen,” said the Lagos-born, Nigeria-based singer who won Best Collaboration with Justin Bieber and Wizkid for their song “Essence.” “This is a dream. If you’re watching me, I want you to imagine yourself like me because you’re supposed to be here too.”
Jack Harlow performed “Poison” alongside Lil Wayne before Brandi hit the stage with him for the song “First Class.” During Harlow and Brandy’s performance, the camera turned to her brother, Ray J, who was seen dancing in the audience.
Chance the Rapper and Joey Bada performed The Highs & the Lows. In her pink gown, Mooney Long opened her collection with an excerpt from “Time Machine” before her “Hours and Hours” concert.
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