Sean “Diddy” Combs will host the 2022 Billboard Music Awards which will air on Sunday, May 15 in Las Vegas. The music mogul wants rapper Travis Scott to perform, and he’s not taking no for an answer.
In a video posted to its Instagram page on Thursday, May 12, Bad Boy Records delivered a message to those curious about how things will turn out on one of music’s biggest nights.
“I’m going to do whatever I want to do, when I want to do it,” he said. “You know why? Because I’m the freest nigga in the world, end of discussion,” the music veteran said. “Meet me at the Billboard Music Awards, OK. May 15, live from Las Vegas.
It would be the 31-year-old’s first TV performance since his Astroworld Festival tragedy that left 12 dead and hundreds injured.
The Billboard host originally announced that the “SICKO MODE” emcee would be performing at the annual music ceremony at his request in a social media post shared to his page on Monday, May 9.
” I made a request. I made a request. I said, ‘My brother Travis Scott has to play,'” the 52-year-old revealed. “I’m an executive producer, he has to star,” and NBC said “yes.” It’s happening on Sunday, Travis Scott will be performing…now that’s love.
Fans seem thrilled with this weekend’s presentation, including TV executive Detavio Samuels who wrote, “Setting the standard for what black freedom looks like.” Another person commented, “That’s what’s happening. Give the man a chance to redeem himself. It was a mistake, something I hope he learned from.
Since the tragedy, the rapper has faced immense backlash, lost opportunities and billions of dollars in lawsuits. The first night of the rapper’s two-day concert last November in the rapper’s hometown of Houston left dozens injured and ten victims, including a 9-year-old boy. The star offered to pay for the young child’s funeral, but the family refused.
In a recent interview with Revolt, Diddy said, “I rescind the cancellation,” before encouraging others to show empathy for the young star. “There will be no undo on my watch. Love is forgiveness, … That’s why it was important to me to have Travis Scott on stage. It’s going to be a great night,” he added.