July 5, 2022

In recent times, awards reveals have taken considerably incoherent positions on controversial, problematic figures. The nation star Morgan Wallen, as an illustration, stays extraordinarily widespread after he was caught on video screaming a racial slur exterior his home late one night time. Final 12 months, Wallen obtained distinguished nominations on the CMA Awards and the American Music Awards, however he was banned from attending each ceremonies. The Billboard Music Awards are doing issues in a different way. When the present goes down this weekend, Morgan Wallen will carry out. So will Travis Scott. Scott will give one in all his first performances since final 12 months’s Astroworld Pageant, the place lots of of individuals have been injured and 10 have been killed in a crowd crush.

For each of those bookings, we will thank Sean “Diddy” Combs, who will function each host and govt producer of the Billboard Music Awards. Diddy was not too long ago within the information for claiming that he’d made peace between Will Smith and Chris Rock on the Oscars, and our Quantity Ones column has not too long ago been chronicling Diddy’s in depth historical past with the Billboard charts. When Travis Scott was introduced as a performer a few days in the past, Diddy posted an Instagram video by which he took credit score: “I made a request. I made a requirement. I stated, ‘My brother Travis Scott has to carry out. Diddy’s internet hosting the present. I’m govt producing. He has to carry out.’ And NBC stated sure.”

At present, Billboard has revealed a dialog with Diddy about internet hosting the present, and Diddy goes on at size about how “cancel tradition” — one thing that apparently applies to the vastly completely different instances of Morgan Wallen and Travis Scott — is a foul factor:

The temper of the present is about love and forgiveness. As a musical household, none of us are saints; none of us are with out issues that occur to them in life. So one of many issues I’m doing instantly is un-canceling the canceled. That’s breaking information as a result of individuals haven’t been about uncanceling. However canceling is a development that should cease.

Travis went by means of a tragedy; Morgan [used the N-word] whereas speaking to his boy. Individuals make errors. Now we’re transferring on with love and respect for everyone that was damage or affected. It’s time to forgive. To have Morgan and Travis be capable to come again and contact the stage once more with the mindset of getting a second likelihood at life. Everyone within the room is getting a second likelihood at life, you realize, as a result of we’re again exterior with no masks on. We’d like love and I’m enthusiastic about celebrating that.

Celebrities: They’ll all the time stick up for one another! The Billboard Music Awards go down 5/15 on NBC, and the present will even function performances from comparatively uncontroversial figures like Megan Thee Stallion, Ed Sheeran, Mary J. Blige, Purple Sizzling Chili Peppers, Burna Boy, and Machine Gun Kelly.

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