For host Sean “Diddy” Combs, the 2022 Billboard Music Awards have been all about “un-canceling the canceled,” therefore the choice to place Morgan Wallen on stage for a twin efficiency of his new singles.
“The temper of the present is about love and forgiveness,” Diddy informed Billboard in a pre-show interview. “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 straight is un-canceling the canceled. That’s breaking information as a result of individuals haven’t been about uncanceling. However canceling is a pattern that should cease.”
Talking particularly concerning the incident, Diddy mentioned, “Morgan [used the N-word] whereas speaking to his boy. Individuals make errors. Now we’re shifting on with love and respect for everyone that was damage or affected. It’s time to forgive. … Everyone within the room is getting a second probability at life, , as a result of we’re again inside with no masks on. We’d like love and I’m enthusiastic about celebrating that.”
For the uninitiated, TMZ launched a video in February 2021 of Wallen hurling profanities (together with the N-word) whereas returning residence from an evening out with associates. His music was quickly pulled from radio stations and streaming platforms, and he was formally disinvited from a number of award exhibits — together with the 2021 Billboard Music Awards.
Following “in depth inner discussions” inside MRC, the corporate that produces the BBMAs, Wallen was permitted to return for Sunday’s foremost occasion.
“We oppose discrimination, harassment, or racism of any type,” MRC mentioned in a statement. “We consider in treating everybody with dignity and respect. After an intensive evaluation and sturdy discussions internally and with the artist’s staff, through which we discovered a demonstrated and ongoing dedication to significant work and outreach, we prolonged an invite to take part on this yr’s present.”
Morgan entered this yr’s ceremony with 4 nominations: Prime Billboard 200 Artist, Prime Nation Artist, Prime Male Nation Artist and Prime Billboard 200 Album.
Different performers at this yr’s BBMAs embrace Becky G, Burna Boy, Dan + Shay, Ed Sheeran, Elle King, Florence + the Machine, Latto, Machine Gun Kelly, Mary J. Blige, Maxwell, Megan Thee Stallion, Miranda Lambert, Rauw Alejandro, Silk Sonic and Travis Scott. The Crimson Sizzling Chili Peppers have been initially scheduled to carry out, however the band needed to again out “as a result of unexpected circumstances” lower than per week earlier than the large present.
There are additionally large names stepping as much as the rostrum at hand out trophies. This yr’s listing of presenters contains Anthony Anderson, Anitta, Chloe Bailey, Dixie D’Amelio, DJ Khaled, Dove Cameron, Giveon, Heidi Klum, Liza Koshy, Michael Bublé, Pusha T, Teyana Taylor and Tiffany Haddish.
Official video of Wallen’s performances (“Don’t Suppose Jesus” and “Wasted on You”) will likely be added when it turns into accessible. Within the meantime, grade the BBMAs second under and drop a remark along with your ideas on Wallen’s return.