Sean Combs: “Black Music Has Never Been Respected by the Grammys” [Video]
At Clive Davis’s annual pre-Grammy gala on Saturday, Sean “Diddy” Combs received the Industry Icon Honor. In his acceptance speech, Combs expressed his frustration with the Recording Academy, its lack of diversity, and its treatment towards black music.
“The last few days, I’ve been conflicted,” Combs told the audience. “I’m being honored by the industry that I love, the family that I love, but there’s an elephant in the room, and it’s not just about the Grammys. There’s discrimination and injustice everywhere all the time. But there’s something I need to say to the Grammys. … I say this with love to the Grammys because you really need to know this. Every year, y’all be killing us, man. I’m talking about the pain. I’m speaking for all the artists here, producers, executives,” he said.