At this year’s BET Awards, Ye, better known as Kanye West, spoke in honor and appreciation of his longtime friend and supporter, Sean “Diddy” Combs. The latter has contributed to the legacy of the black musical community since the early 90s and has been a strong advocate for entrepreneurial ventures. Combs went on to win the 2022 lifetime achievement award.
The Legacy of Sean “Diddy” Combs
Sean Combs’ life has been marked by tragic deaths and legal battles. His father was murdered when he was only 3 years old. After dropping out of college, Combs started as an intern at Uptown Records in New York and within a year rose to the rank of vice president. However, he was fired in 1993 and later started his own Bad Boys Entertainment label. The label earned him an industry-wide reputation as a rap impresario after discovering and successfully launching hustler/street rapper, Christopher Wallace aka The Notorious BIG.
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In 1994, Wallace was a rising rap star and Bad Boys signed a $15 million deal with Arista Records. However, Combs’ star rapper Notorious BIG was murdered in the spring of 1997. Combs released his Grammy-winning debut single “I’ll Be Missing You” later that year featuring the vocals of Combs’ widow. Wallace. Combs also won two Grammies in 1998 for his first rap album. No Exit and launches a clothing line, “Sean John”.
In 1999, Combs was found partially responsible for the stampede at the City College basketball charity event he hosted in 1991. He was also involved in allegations of second-degree harassment and an incident of shooting at a Manhattan nightclub, though Combs was later acquitted. every expense. Coming out of his legal troubles, Combs released his third Grammy contender with his 2004 collaboration with Nelly on “Shake Ya Tailfeather.” Combs was later honored as Menswear Designer of the Year by the Council of Fashion Designers of America.
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Kanye West pays tribute to Sean Combs at BET 2022
Kanye West stepped out on stage at the 2022 BET Awards with his face fully covered in a black mask, sunglasses and cap. In honor of his friend Sean Combs who won the Lifetime Achievement Award, West claimed the platform to say a few graceful words onstage:
“How do we crown our kings? How do we value our kings?
I go to him for advice so far. It inspires so many of my choices, so many of my life choices. My wife chooses. Thanks for that, Poof.
You know, I took a little break. I said, I just want to declare myself legally dead for a year. I just want to be off the grid and Puff is pretty persistent, but I had to think, bro, it’s like people are getting amnesia. As if I should never have called on Puff more than once. Any of us in this room if Puff needs us, we gotta jump up and be there. This man has been through [and] survived a lot and kicked down a lot of doors so we could be up… he kicked down so many doors of class, taste, swag. Puff, if I never told you I love you, you’re my brother.
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The internet hailed Ye’s rare appearance with tweets appreciating her bounce back from Kim Kardashian’s ugly divorce, her inspirational speech honoring Sean Combs, and her wardrobe choice:
– ZONE23 (@ZONE23WORLD) June 27, 2022
I couldn’t get past, “how do we value our kings”. pic.twitter.com/4tZ8BuV67Q
— Cancel_Rasins🚫🍇 (@leodipesci) June 27, 2022
— 🌞 (@sailingsavior) June 27, 2022
It’s a baby face looking at it 👀 😭😭😭
— Jewel (@Truly_Juliette) June 27, 2022
Is it winter?
— for the arts (@Jenal5Lp) June 27, 2022
– NOT MY PRESIDENT (@lisa71092753) June 27, 2022
Sean Combs performed his Grammy-winning single “I’ll Be Missing You” with Faith Evans and the Maverick City Choir at the awards show honoring his late ex Kim Porter, who died in 2018. Combs also contributed $1 million each to Howard. University (his alma mater), Deon Sanders and Jackson State during his acceptance speech.