Sean “Diddy” Combs will use his role as host and executive producer at the 2022 Billboard Music Awards to spread “love and forgiveness” among some formerly unlovable guys.
The 52-year-old entertainment mogul supported the show’s decision to add rapper Travis Scott and country singer Morgan Wallen to its star-studded performance lineup.
In fact, Diddy “demanded” that Scott perform.
“I said, ‘My brother Travis Scott has to perform’ … and NBC said yes,” Diddy said in an Instagram video.
“As a family of musicians, none of us are saints; none of us are without things that happen to us in life,” he said in a Billboard interview.
“So one of the things I’m doing directly is lifting the cancellations. This is breaking news because people weren’t trying to get the termination overturned. But canceling is a trend that needs to be stopped,” he said of the popular Gen Z trend.
“Travis went through a tragedy; morgan [used the N-word] while he’s talking to his boy,” the self-proclaimed “Primetime Puff” reminded readers. “People make mistakes. Now we move on with love and respect for everyone who was hurt or affected. It’s time to forgive.”
“For Morgan and Travis to come back and hit the stage again with an attitude of getting a second chance at life. Everyone in the room gets a second chance at life, you know, because we’re back inside without a mask. We need love and I look forward to celebrating that.”
Both Scott’s and Wallen’s careers suffered a setback in 2021.
The video, taken by a neighbor of Wallen’s, who is white, drunk and shouting the insult, went viral in February. While coverage of the incident seemingly helped his digital album and song sales, according to NBC, radio stations banned his songs and Big Loud Records suspended his deal “indefinitely.”
The 29-year-old “Wasted on You” singer has been pulled from streaming services and deemed ineligible for the Academy of Country Music and Country Music Television Awards.
He eventually apologized for the comment on Instagram, admitting the word came from a “72-hour bender.” He went to rehab, didn’t take gigs for months, and apologized again to Good Morning America, but couldn’t shake the impact of the incident.
In November he announced The Dangerous Tour, which kicked off in February. The tour ends in October.
Meanwhile, Scott, now 31, has kept a low profile since 10 people were trampled to death at his annual Astroworld festival in Houston on November 5.
The Goosebumps rapper, the venue and the festival organizers have been slapped with over 100 lawsuits over the incident.
Houston Police Chief Troy Finner claimed he personally issued a “public safety” warning to Scott prior to the fatal event in his trailer.
Social media was outraged when videos surfaced of fans passed out in the stampede. Scott interrupted the show several times, but received backlash when the show continued despite “stop the show” chants from the crowd, as well as an ambulance helping struggling fans.
Scott and Sicko Mode contributor Drake partied after the event at Dave and Buster’s.
Scott told Charlamagne the God that he knew nothing about the tragedy until “minutes before [police] Press conference.”
He made his first appearance since Astroworld on Saturday during the Miami Grand Prix in Florida at nightclub E11EVEN.
But all of that is old news for Diddy.
The 2022 Billboard Music Awards begin Sunday at 8 p.m. on NBC or stream on Peacock.