It was a stunning photo, Kanye West took to the stage in Los Angeles on Sunday at the BET Awards fully covered and in a “Hood by Air” jacket as he introduced Sean “Diddy” Combs before presenting him with the Lifetime Achievement Award. He stood in front of the crowd recalling the powerful memories of his teenage rap career with Diddy. West shared that he remembered adding shakes Bad Boys to his beats and interludes the original version of “It’s All About the Benjamins” during his studio sessions.
It was Kanye’s first major appearance in a long list of concerts and stadium-sized listening sessions for “Donda” last year.
Kanye began his speech by acknowledging his affinity for Diddy.
“I was signed to Puff without him knowing,” Ye said.
The tycoon’s wide array of talents was one of the many things that made Diddy Kanye’s favorite artist, Ye said while noting Combs’ success as an entrepreneur and businessman.
“Favorite….Everything. Not specifically production. The drip…” Kanye said. “You know, back then, there were so many rules in hip hop. And he broke them all.
Wearing a face mask and sunglasses, Ye said he still visits Diddy for advice to this day.
“He inspires so many of my choices. So many of my life choices, my choices as a woman,” he continued, referring to the fact that he and Combs had high-profile relationships with women named Kim (West divorced Kim Kardashian last March and the Diddy’s longtime partner, Kim Porter, died in 2018).
Later in his speech, Ye made a brief reference to a career hiatus in the past, mentioning that he wanted to “declare me legally dead for a year,” over Puff’s persistence.
“Any of us in this room. If Puff needs us, we have to jump in and be there,” Ye said.
Ye received nominations in categories such as Best Hip-Hop Artist, Album of the Year, and Dr. Bobby Jones Best Gospel/Inspirational Award, but did not win any awards.
The The BET Awards celebrate the achievements of musicians, actors, athletes and more in various fields of entertainment. The first BET Awards were held in 2001 to celebrate black culture and black excellence. Taraji P.Henson is hosting this year’s show with performances by Lizzo, Mary J Blige, Latto and Jack Harlow. Major nominations include Doja Cat with six nods, Ari Lennox and Drake with four nods each.
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