The Grammy Awards are at present underway and stars are gathering for what’s thought-about the largest evening in music. This yr’s celebration has already featured a touching tribute to the late-great, Kobe Bryant, who was tragically killed in a helicopter crash – alongside together with his 13-year-old daughter and 7 others. The ceremony opened with a second of silence.
The present may even embody a star-studded tribute to late rapper, Nipsey Hussle, and is hosted by Alicia Keys. While everybody waits for all winners to be introduced and watch to see their favourite performers, social media timelines are full of the most well liked celebrities fashions and behind the scenes moments from final evening’s pre-Grammy celebration.
One of the movies circulating is Diddy’s acceptance speech on the yearly occasion, by which he blasts the award present for excluding black music.
Diddy blasts the Grammy’s for not being inclusive
The annual pre-Grammy celebration thrown by music mogul Clive Davis is a extremely anticipated occasion. Artists and music trade insiders collect to have a good time each other and luxuriate in a ceremony the place a number of the greatest artists are honored. Among this yr’s honorees was Diddy.
Diddy took to the stage to obtain the Industry Icon Award. The 50-year-old gave a 40-minute speech on the gala. He devoted the final six minutes of his acceptance to precise his disappointment with the Recording Academy for not being inclusive in acknowledging black music.
“I’m officially starting the clock. You’ve got 365 days to get this shit together. We need the artists to take back control, we need transparency, we need diversity,” he mentioned.
He referred to as on everybody within the room that had “the power to make the changes that need to be made.” He additionally promised to carry the Recording Academy accountable to meet its tasks to artists and the music trade.
“Black music has never been respected by the Grammys,” he mentioned. “And for years we’ve allowed institutions that have never had our best interests at heart to judge us. And that stops right now.”
Diddy acquired a standing ovation for his speech.
The Grammy’s have been accused of not celebrating black artists earlier than
The allegations of the Grammy Awards not recognizing black artists, particularly these in hip hop, is a historic debate. Will Smith famously boycotted the awards present in 1989 whereas he was in a bunch with DJ Jazzy Jeff. Smith and Jeff have been nominated, and finally gained a Grammy for his or her hit single “Parents Just Don’t Understand.”
“We don’t have the problem with the Grammy as an award or the Grammys as an institution, we at the time. “We chose to boycott. We feel that it’s a slap in the face.”
According to Jeff, the duo have been informed there was not sufficient time to televise the entire chosen classes. “They televised 16 categories and, from record sales, from the Billboard charts, from the overall public’s view, there’s no way you can tell me that out of 16 categories, that rap isn’t in the top 16,” Jeff mentioned.
Other artists and execs, together with hip hop trio, Salt-N-Pepa, Russell Simmons and LL Cool J, joined within the boycott. The boycott caused change as the next yr, the Grammys televised one of the best rap efficiency award presentation.
That hasn’t stopped the criticism of the award present. Just final yr, The Daily Beast featured an article claiming the award present was racist in its remedy to hip hop artists. It’s additionally been accused of rigging awards and giving sure classes to non-black artists regardless of album gross sales and recognition.