Final night time’s BET Awards was a star-studded affair, with Jack Harlow and Brandy resolving their “beef” on stage, a shock look by Mariah Carey, and performances from the brand new class of stars like Chloe and Giveon. Nevertheless, the night’s spotlight was undoubtedly the part of the present that Diddy took over when he acquired a Lifetime Achievement Award. Puff known as on his whole rolodex to ring the second in, from a taped intro by Jay-Z to performing in his personal tribute efficiency, even pulling a masked-and-booted Kanye West out of self-exile to present a speech.

After Jay’s salute, the efficiency took a tour by Diddy’s profession, from his time as an government at Uptown Data, by the B.I.G. and Shyne eras of Unhealthy Boy, to his new single with Bryson Tiller from his forthcoming R&B album. (Whereas it’s all the time nice to see Lil Kim and the LOX, probably the most surreal second right here was undoubtedly seeing Diddy and Shyne sharing a stage collectively for the primary time in a long time, given their infamous history).

Essentially the most poignant second got here in direction of the top of the present when Diddy adopted an previous video tribute from Kim Porter with a efficiency of “I’ll Be Lacking You,” altering a number of the phrases to make it about her—evoking the very first time he performed the song on the MTV VMAs after B.I.G. died.

He was then launched to obtain the Lifetime Achievement award by the formidable combo of Babyface and Kanye—who’s nonetheless dressing just like the streetwear Slender Man in a Hood By Air jacket and his now trademark opaque black masks. West referred to Diddy as “my favourite artist” and praised him for breaking boundaries in hip-hop over the past three a long time.

“I am going to him for recommendation to at the present time. He conjures up so lots of my life decisions, my spouse decisions,” West mentioned earlier than cheekily alluding to how his marriage to Kim Kardashian has turned out. “This man has been by and survived a whole lot of stuff, and broke by a whole lot of doorways, so we may very well be standing… He broke down so many doorways of classism, style, tradition, swag. Puff, if I by no means advised you, I like you. You’re my brother.”

Kanye and Diddy have been shut for years, and Diddy even appears in part two of the jeen-yuhs documentary early in Kanye’s career. In that scene from 2006, the pair do a joint interview by which, West mentioned that he had lengthy been impressed to emulate Diddy.

Along with memorializing Kim Porter, Diddy shouted out his ex-girlfriend, Cassie, for “holding him down throughout powerful instances,” and pledged $1 million to his alma mater, Howard College, in addition to one other $1 million to Jackson State, particularly citing the HBCU’s head soccer coach, Deion Sanders. Through the speech, his present paramour, Yung Miami of the Metropolis Ladies, held up a poster cheering him on. Diddy’s new album is due out later this yr.

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