Sean “Diddy” Combs known as out the Grammy Awards for dissing rap and R&B stars in its main classes in a blazing speech that earned him a standing ovation from Beyoncé, Jay-Z and a number of other different music trade gamers.
On the finish of his 50-minute speech Saturday evening at Clive Davis’ white-hot pre-Grammys gala, the place Combs was honored, the music mogul demanded change and stated he was blissful to be concerned in making a distinction.
“So I say this with like to the Grammys, as a result of you actually need to know this, yearly y’all be killing us man. Man, I’m speaking in regards to the ache. I’m talking for all these artists right here, the producers, the executives,” he stated. “The period of time it takes to make these information, to pour your coronary heart into it, and also you simply need a fair enjoying subject.”
Through the years, the awards present has been criticized when high performing acts like Beyoncé, Kanye West, Eminem, Mariah Carey and others lose in main classes, together with album of the 12 months and finest new artist. The rap and R&B stars usually fall wanting their pop, rock and nation counterparts.
“Within the nice phrases of Erykah Badu, ‘We’re artists and we’re delicate about our (expletive).’ We’re passionate. For many of us, that is all we received. That is our solely hope,” Combs continued. “Fact be advised, hip-hop has by no means been revered by the Grammys. Black music has by no means been revered by the Grammys to the purpose that it ought to be.”
Rap, significantly, has had a longstanding shedding streak on the Grammys, which celebrates its 62nd present Sunday. Solely two rap-based albums — Lauryn Hill’s “The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill” and Outkast’s “Speakerboxxx/The Love Under” — have received album of the 12 months. Final 12 months’s Grammys marked the primary time a hip-hop tune was awarded tune and report of the 12 months when Infantile Gambino’s “This Is America” achieved the feat. And solely 4 rap acts have been named finest new artist, together with Hill, Arrested Growth, Likelihood the Rapper and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis.
Questions loomed closely over the Grammys’ voting course of this week after the academy’s just-ousted CEO, Deborah Dugan, claimed that the awards are rigged and stuffed with conflicts of curiosity.
“So proper now with this present scenario, it’s not a revelation. This factor been occurring, and it’s not simply occurring in music, it’s occurring in movie, it’s occurring in sports activities, it’s going across the phrase,” Combs stated. “And for years we’ve allowed establishments which have by no means had our greatest curiosity at coronary heart to guage us. And that stops proper now.”
The 50-year-old ended with a stern message: “I’m formally beginning the clock — y’all received 365 days to get this (expletive) collectively.”
Combs, a three-time Grammy winner, earned the 2020 Grammy Salute to Trade Icons Award on Saturday evening. He devoted the prize to traditional albums that didn’t win the highest Grammy Award: Michael Jackson’s “Off the Wall,” Prince’s “1999,” Beyoncé’s “Lemonade,” Missy Elliott’s “Da Actual World,” Snoop Dogg’s “Doggystyle,” Kanye West’s “Commencement” and Nas’ “Illmatic.”
Combs, the founding father of Unhealthy Boy Data, acquired an all-star tribute from artists he’s labored with, together with Lil Kim, Mase, Religion Evans and Carl Thomas. The efficiency remodeled the Beverly Hilton Lodge right into a hip-hop jam session, with some individuals even dancing on high of chairs, together with Usher, Wiz Khalifa and Combs himself.
Davis’ annual gala, a not-so-easy occasion to get invited to, was jam-packed with well-known visitors from a variety of fields, together with Speaker of the Home Nancy Pelosi, Michael Douglas, Naomi Campbell, Cardi B, Berry Gordy, Herbie Hancock, Quincy Jones, Joni Mitchell, DJ Khaled, Smokey Robinson, Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne, Trevor Noah, Billy Porter and Wolfgang Puck.
Beck kicked off the multi-hour occasion with an brisk efficiency; others who hit the stage included Carlos Santana, Likelihood the Rapper, John Legend, Khalid and Cynthia Erivo, who sang Janet Jackson songs in tribute to the performer.
Jackson, who didn’t obtain an award however was honored for her musical achievements, stated she’s blissful to nonetheless have a profession in music.
“After I was getting gown this night I thought of it and I stated to myself, ‘I’ve been on this trade for 47 years,’” the 53-year-old stated. “That’s a very long time however I nonetheless get pleasure from going to work and I really feel very blessed my journey forward of me.”
Although Cyndi Lauper wasn’t honored Saturday, she additionally owned the present with an explosive efficiency of her traditional hit tune, “Women Simply Wish to Have Enjoyable,” alongside singer-songwriter Brandi Carlile. She took off her footwear, leaving the stage to take a seat on high of a desk the place Jamie Foxx, Usher and others have been sitting.
“Wait, cease, you’re (expletive) useless,” Lauper advised the group in the midst of her efficiency. “You’re within the music trade. The place the (expletive) is your lungs?”
She received over the group, which absolutely participated by dancing out of their seats, singing alongside and — yep — having enjoyable.
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