Sean “Diddy” Combs kicked off the 2022 Billboard Music Awards on Sunday (May 15) with a rousing medley, including the debut of his new single “Gotta Move On” featuring Bryson Tiller. Moments later, the BBMAs host and executive producer took the stage and injected positive energy into the Las Vegas MGM Grand Garden Arena.
“I am a frequency. I am the vibe curator. Black Brother Thunder, Chocolate Boy Wonder,” Diddy gushed during his six-minute monologue. Sitting in the front row with her mother, she spoke about the “full circle” moment that comes with hosting the night’s awards show, considering she won her first BBMA trophy 25 years ago. Diddy also wondered about making music again and savoring the outdoors after the pandemic temporarily curtailed live events in 2020 and 2021. “We got a second chance at life,” he said.
Before the show, Diddy spoke about the controversial decision to have Morgan Wallen and Travis Scott perform at the event in an interview. Billboard. For Scott, the evening marked his first awards show performance since a stampede during his Astroworld festival in Houston last November that killed 10 people. For Wallen, this will be his first time hitting the stage at a major awards show since he was caught on camera saying the N-word in 2021.
“It’s time to forgive,” Diddy said at the time. “To be able to get Morgan and Travis to come back and touch the stage again with the mindset of getting a second chance at life. Everybody in the room is getting a second chance at life, you know, because we’re back outside without masks. We need love, and I’m excited to celebrate it.”
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