This booking marks Scott’s comeback since the Astroworld Festival tragedy of November 2021. A severe crowd-rush incident at the Houston show made ten fans lose their lives while hundreds of others were injured.
The “Goosebumps” artist will be headlining the upcoming ceremony thanks to the show’s host and executive producer, who spoke on the virtues of love and forgiveness.
Diddy Books ‘Brother’ Travis Scott For Billboard Music Awards
On Monday, May 9, Diddy took to his Instagram page to let his over 18 million followers know he championed Scott’s upcoming TV performance for Sunday’s Billboard Music Awards.
The host, whose birth name is Sean Combs, uploaded a video captioned, “BREAKING NEWS!!! BREAKING NEWS!!! @TravisScott will be performing at the @BBMAs live this Sunday! #BBMAS.”
The “Hello Good Morning” star broke the news, explaining how he made a special ask to the network behind the May 15 ceremony to bring the “Utopia” artist on board. He said,
For the Billboard Music Awards this Sunday, I made a request, I made a demand. I said, ‘My brother Travis Scott has to perform. I’m executive producing, he has to perform,’ and NBC said ‘yes.’ It’s going down Sunday, Travis Scott will be performing… Now that’s love.
The public has scrutinized Scott since the Astroworld tragedy, though he has claimed he was unaware when the crowd surge began mid-performance, according to Revolt Black News.
Since the debacle, the “Pick Up The Phone” star proposed covering the funeral costs of the deceased as well as paying back all the 50,000 attendees at the event.
The ‘Coming Home’ Rapper Wants To Uncancel The Cancelled
Luckily, Diddy came to the rescue of Scott, who had not been on any televised performances for over five months.
While speaking to RevoltTV, he declared to the outlet why he fought for the young artist, saying, “I am uncanceling the canceled. There will be no canceling on my watch. Love is about forgiveness… so that was why it was important for me to have Travis Scott perform. It’s going to be a great night.”
The “Sicko Mode” rapper’s first public performance happened last weekend with a sold-out audience celebrating the Formula 1 Race Week.
Before then, he has only privately performed in his Houston hometown, including a pre-Oscars show and an afterparty for Coachella.
Thanks to Diddy, Scott will perform alongside stars including Burna Boy, Megan Thee Stallion, Latto Maxwell, Mary J. Blige, and Silk Sonic at the Billboard Music Awards airing at 8 p.m. ET live from Las Vegas.
2022 Billboard Music Awards Host Promises ‘Disruptive Lineup’
Diddy seems to be keeping to his promise to provide a disruptive lineup at the Billboard Music Awards ceremony by bringing Scott on the upcoming show.
In April, The Blast disclosed that the “Last Train To Paris” artist took to social media to break the news that he would be the host and executive producer of the musical ceremony.
Diddy updated his Instagram page with the juicy details of his roles at the Billboard Music Awards, which will hold at the renowned MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
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On the morning of Friday, April 21, the “Come To Me” musician teased that the event would be a memorable one. He gushed in his captions, “BIG ANNOUNCEMENT, BIG ANNOUNCEMENT!!!”
Diddy gave further details of his new gig in a clip where he hilariously yelled at his neighbors, saying, “That means I’m the host with the most, I’m the executive producer that calls all the shots, that means I’m the ringmaster, P.T. Barnum style!”
The “A Raisin In The Sun” actor is no stranger to winning at the Billboard Music Awards. He took home a trophy for the top rap song and top artist category in 1997 for his single, “I’ll Be Missing You.”
The guests and viewers at the upcoming ceremony are in for an unforgettable night as the “No Way Out” artist teased that nobody else can offer a fun event as he can. He boldly attested,
“Ain’t no party like a Diddy party. We’re going to come through with one of the most disruptive lineups in music history with one of the most controversial hosts in musical history — Me!”